Book Review: Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande

Written by a surgeon, this book is a collection of essays about medicine and much more. Dr. Gawande is a staff member of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, graduate of Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard.

A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

The essays are seamless and extraordinarily easy to read, even when explaining complex issues. The overarching theme of he book is the importance of attention to the details and the profound effects that can have on performance. A theme that transcends medicine.

The essays cover the attempt to eradicate polio in India, military surgeons awe-inspiring improvements in saving the casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, the importance of hand washing in preventing infections in hospitals, use of chaperons for breast exams, and advancements in child birth. Continue reading