Atul Gawande - book author
Atul Gawande is author of three bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award; Better, selected by Amazon.com as one of the ten best books of 2007; and The Checklist Manifesto. His latest book is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.
He is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine Awards. In his work in public health, he is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He and his wife have three children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.
Atul Gawande is the author of books: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance, The Best American Science Writing 2006, Atul Gawande Collection 4 Books Set (The Checklist Manifesto, Being Mortal, Complications, Better a Surgeon's Notes on Performance), Guérir. Faillir, Jiv Jithe Guntalela, Suntem muritori. Ce contează cu adevărat la sfârşitul vieţii, Being Mortal, The Prison Doctor, Trust Me Im a Junior Doctor, Where Does it Hurt 4 Books Collection Set
Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients' anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them.
In his bestselling books, Gawande has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures--in his own practices as well as others'--as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life--all the way to the very end.
Complications is a 2002 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.
The New York Times bestselling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist
We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies‚neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.
First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.
In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from homeland security to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.
An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential reading for anyone working to get things right.
Întrebarea pe care o pune autorul este ce poate face medicina pentru a îmbunătăți nu doar viața, ci și sfârșitul acesteia. Pentru că, prea adesea, oamenii își trăiesc bătrânețea în scaune cu rotile, în aziluri în care sunt tratați ca niște copii, sau mor din cauza unor boli grave, chinuiți de medici care nu vor să recunoască faptul că au fost învinși și care insist să încerce pe pacient cele mai revoluționare tratamente, în ciuda suferințelor inimaginabile prin care acesta trebuie să treacă inutil. Atul Gawande argumentează că ultimele săptămâni sau luni din viața unui om pot fi trăite cu demnitate, alături de cei dragi și în mediul care l-a făcut fericit. Pentru că, de fapt, scopul principal nu ar trebui să fie o moarte bună, ci o viață bună – până la sfârșitul ei.