Books - Review


Showing all books by: Atul Gawande

Better
Atul is a surgeon and he uses examples from his medical experiences to demonstrate how people go about making systems, processes, and life better. Eg the attempt to eradicate polio in India, hand-washing routines in hospitals, and the ethics around medical malpractice law in the US.
Quite interesting, no massive revelations but I quite liked his breakdown into 3 sections; 'Diligence', 'Doing Right' and 'Ingenuity'. Some interesting stories too. Borrowed this from Colin's desk at work.
Score: 7.5
Published: 2007
Read: September 22nd 2015

Being Mortal
Atul describes and discusses the issues around care for the elderly, especially end of life care, considering the historical evolution of current systems, the efforts people have made to improve things, and why the medical professions are largely not providing what people would really like.
Excellent, very thought provoking.
Score: 8.5
Published: 2014
Read: December 30th 2015