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Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

Atul Gawande is an American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He has written extensively on medicine and public health for The New Yorker and Slate and is the author of the books Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science; Better; The Checklist Manifesto; and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. On June 20, 2018, Dr Gawande was named the CEO of a recently-formed healthcare venture owned by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan Chase. Atul Gawande’s Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance does a wonderful thing that is rarely done: it tells us what it is like to be in a practice. A practice is uneasily poised between a profession and a craft, with some science and art mixed in. Think law, management, medicine, teaching, many types of engineering. With so many people in these professions, one would think that there would be thousands of books like Dr Gawande’s. In 11 essays, some of which originally appeared in the New Yorker, where he is also a staff writer, Gawande examines questions ranging from how best to manage childbirth to how to improve treatment for cystic fibrosis, from malpractice suits to whether doctors should get involved in executions. He combines anecdote, reportage, case study and reflection in prose that seems, in an Orwellian way, to be scarcely there, so clear and unarguable is his meaning. Enjoy free online English audiobook “Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance”, a breathtaking novel by Atul Gawande.

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