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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Atul Gawande rocks in the OR

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Just as precious to Dr. Atul Gawande as his loupes — magnifying glasses he wears during surgery — is his iPod, which he carries with him into the operating room at Brigham and Women's Hospital and plugs into a little speaker there, a story in today's New York Times begins.

His second book, "Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance" (Metropolitan Books), comes out this week. Like his first, "Complications," the story says, it consists mostly of essays he has published in The New Yorker — pieces whose common theme is both the complexity and the imperfection of modern medicine and the need for doctors to strive to do better.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 09:01 AM
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