Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande displays the same quiet curiosity and caring that carry his writing in the New Yorker. When health care stays top of mind, it’s pleasant and reassuring to have some honesty about the ways we can improve and which problems really are hard for us to solve. I read the paperback mid-year, after the New Yorker article which walked through different models for national health care. This topic won’t go away, so I hope Gawande keeps chiming in.
(This is part of my end-of-the-year rush to capture my major media consumption before the year actually comes to a close.)