Analysis Of Atul Gawande 's Better : A Surgeon 's Notes On Performance

1154 Words Nov 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Atul Gawande’s Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance tells the reader about Gawande’s experience while a doctor. Atul Gawande is a general surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Both, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and an associate professor at Harvard Medical school and the Harvard School of Public Health. Gawande is most clearly an accomplished person, but being this accomplished is enough for him. He wants to be better, he desires to make improvements to his life to benefit those around him. Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance is about not being satisfied with good enough, but trying for better. Better is split up into three different sections: “Diligence,” “Doing Right,” and “Ingenuity” with a total of 11 essays. These essays show the reader how to become part of the positive deviant. The definition of diligence is care and persistent work or effort. Gawande wrote, “People underestimate the importance of diligence as a virtue. No doubt this has something to do with how supremely mundane it seems,” Gawande wrote at the beginning of the chapter titled “The Mop-Up” (Gawande 29). Applying this concept to the previous essay titled “On Washing Hands,” Gawande showed the impact that a small improvement can make. “On Washing Hands” describes the consequence of washing and disinfecting hands and skin prior to meeting a patient and after meeting a patient, a simple and mundane task. Gawande supports this statement with evidence that yearly about 90,000…

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