New: Book Report: Better

You think I read this book because of my recent hospital visit, but I swear it was already on my to-do list. And it's not just about medicine. Sort of.

This book, by Atul Gawande, is sort of about medicine, but if you work on anything where quality is important, you'll probably see some things that echo with your experience. Doctors have a tough job. They face many problems, some of which have no solutions. It's not always easy to tell if what you're doing is helping or hurting--if you try some procedure, you'll always wonder if things might have worked themselves out on their own. And yet they do feel their way towards solutions. This book talks about maintaining hygiene; about medicine in a public hospital in India; about measuring your own performance; about stranger things.

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Posted 2008-02-19