Thursday, July 11, 2019

Better by Atul Gawande ..

Atul Gawande, a US surgeon of Indian parentage
Finished reading an excellent book Better by Dr. Atul Gawande, an American surgeon, published by Penguin books. 

Dealt with many issues like the treatment / operation camps and casualties in the US-Iraq war, to euthanasia, capital execution by injections to oncology, cystic fibrosis affected children, etc.. really excellent writing ..

Helps get good understanding of the medical profession in general, doctor's mind in particular and the moral dilemmas faced by medical professionals and understand how medical science has helped through better medical care and mass immunisation drives reduce infant mortality and improve human longevity across the world..

One chapter talks exclusively on how male and female doctors attend patients of the opposite sex and the ethical issues involved.. Another talks of how and why doctors are taken to litigation on the very sensitive issue of medical / surgical failures, which essentially leads to higher medical costs in US and the world. 

The impact of the Apgar score to reduce infant mortality rates across the world is well illustrated . 

The Apgar Score is a method to quickly summarize the health of newborn children against infant mortality. Virginia Apgar, an anesthesiologist at NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital, developed the score in 1952 to quantify the effects of obstetric anesthesia on babies. - Wikipedia

The Apgar score used in the paediatrics section in medicine, helps me to innovate its application into retailing and other service sectors in the industry.

The importance of the influence of bell shaped normal distribution in medical treatment also gets special mention in the book. 

A good read. I have also read some of his earlier books like Checklists (click here) and Being Mortal. His writing style is captivating and explains complex medical concepts, conditions and medical treatments in very simple terms to be clearly understood by the layman.


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