better is the second book by Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. His goal, he tells us, is "a book about performance in medicine" and what he terms the three core requirements for success:
- giving sufficient attention to detail
- to do right in the face of human failings
- the ability to think anew which is only possible says Gawande, when reflecting on failure and a searching for new solutions.
Now am I just weird? I have loved "inside medicine" kind of books since I was about 10 years old, but how does Gawande make an entire chapter about washing your hands a page-turner? And after reading his chapter you'll know your mother was right. I will probably wash my hands devoutly for at least a week!