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A Surgeons Notes On Performance, published in 2007, presents the complex, chaotic, and honourable world of the medical profession. This book contains eleven essays, which are then divided under three sections. In Diligence, the author explains how military medical advances have dramatically reduced mortality rates. But, the author also speaks about how the society is not always able to reabsorb those with terrible battlefield injuries. The other two sections are titled Doing Right and Ingenuity. The first essay, On Washing Hands, looks at the criticality of hand washing for those in the medical profession. The staff cuts corners quite often, which could then give life threatening infections to patients. Another essay focuses on the drive to eradicate polio. Readers will get to know that 25 million kids were vaccinated across South-East Asia in just a single week in 1997. The Doctors of the Death Chamber is an essay inBetter: A Surgeons Notes On Performancewhich debates the role of doctors in executions. The ethical dilemmas that physicians face in such situations are elaborated on. Readers will also come across essays on how money influences modern medicine, how the treatment for cystic fibrosis can be improved, and how malpractice cases are handled in American courtrooms. Gawande also raises the question about the increase in the number of caesarean births, and discusses if this should be a cause of worry. Better: A Surgeons Notes On Performanceis filled with case studies, reportage, and anecdotes. The doctor also offers suggestions on how to become better in the field of medicine. He adds his sense of humour to even the most grim topics, and inspires everyone, not just doctors, to become better performers.
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