I recently read ‘Better’ by Dr. Atul Gawande. This is his second book after ‘Complications’, which I had read many years ago. Dr. Gawande is a staff member at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is also an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Associate Director for the BWH Center for Surgery and Public Health. Dr. Gawande is also a staffer at the NewYorker Magazine.
‘Better’ is a rare and a wonderful book and I thorughly enjoyed it. ‘Better’ brings forth a great understanding of issues facing the medical fraternity today, the constant quest to do better, to improve the delivery of medicine and care as we know it today. I discovered the importance of hand washing and how this simple act on the part of caregivers in a hospital can avoid infection and save lives. I mean I do know that handwashing is important but had never given a second thought, while I marched into a patient’s room in any of the hospitals I worked in. Continue reading