It was inevitable that Better and
How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman would be widely compared by reviewers
when they published in hardcover just weeks apart last year. While both share a
similar premise, that the performance of physicians is less than
perfect and can be improved by close scrutiny, the scope of
Better is wider, from a medical, geographical and ethical
point of view which, in this reader's opinion, makes it the
more interesting book.
Following on from his 2002 collection of essays, Complications, Gawande's latest book consists of 12 essays, some original and some previously published, in which he whisks the reader around the world from medical facilities on the cutting edge of science to doctors performing miracles with the barest of supplies. Five of the previously published essays ...
Essays from The New Yorker that are reprinted in Better
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