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Atul Gawande is an extraordinary writer, as well a top-notch surgeon, and when I read his book “Complications” a few years back, I wanted to tell everyone I knew about it. Dr. Christopher Lillis feels the same way about Gawande’s latest book. So, below, I’m sharing Lillis’ thoughts on Gawande’s powerful new book:

Want a peak behind the curtain?

I had the distinct pleasure of reading “Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance” by Dr. Atul Gawande this past weekend while travelling. For those of you unfamiliar with Dr. Gawande, he is a practicing General Surgeon at Harvard-Massachussettes General Hospital and a staff writer for The New Yorker covering the topics of medicine and public health.

Dr Gawande is the most erudite physician-philosopher of our time. He is soft spoken, humble, yet eloquent in a way I can only dream of. In this book, he presents his thought process on multiple problems in our health care system as only he can.

Are you curious about how to reduce medical errors in society? Are you frustrated by the morass of our medical malpractice system and wonder why nothing ever seems to change? Do you REALLY want to know what makes some doctors and hospitals better than others? Then I implore you — read this book.

Dr. Gawande’s writing style is accessible for any reader, and compelling in a way usually reserved for works of fiction. If I made all the rules, I would mandate this book be required reading in every medical school and in every doctor’s waiting room. I only hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

– Dr. Christopher Lillis, a Healthy Living columnist, practices at Chancellor Internal Medicine


  • anne

    and when you finish reading ‘better’ pick up his other book ‘the checklist manifesto’ which i enjoyed even more than ‘better.’ it is also completely applicable to all parts of daily life.