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Busman’s Holiday

By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

Related to: Communication

Better
by Atul Gawande (Metropolitan Books 2007)
Dr. Gawande, examines how success is achieved in a complex and risk-filled profession. Nowhere is the struggle to perform well more important than in medicine, where lives are on the line with every decision. Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance.

Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflection on Mortality 
Pauline Chen (Knopf 2007)
What Dr. Chen did not see in her medical school dreams of saving lives was how much death would be a part of her work. Final Exam follows Chen over the course of her education, training, and practice as she grapples at strikingly close range with the problem of mortality.

How Doctors Think 
Jerome Groopman (Houghton Mifflin 2007)
Dr. Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. He explores why doctors err and shows when and how they can avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can have a profound impact on our health.

Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America's Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes 
Robert Wachter and Kaveh Shojania (Rugged Land Books 2004)
Drs. Robert Wachter and Kaveh Shojania present several well publicized cases and others never previously reported to provide a dramatic account of medical errors and the field of patient safety.

Sources of Power 
Gary Klein (MIT Press 1999)
Since 1985, Klein has conducted fieldwork to find out how people tackle challenges in difficult, nonroutine situations.Sources of Power is based on observations of humans acting under such real-life constraints as time pressure, high stakes, personal responsibility, and shifting conditions.

The Lonely Patient 
Michael Stein (William Morrow 2007) 
Dr. Stein looks into the chasm between the well and the sick by exploring and giving voice to the often unarticulated aspects of illness. Readers encounter a frank and intelligent discussion among people with illness—and their family and friends—of how to negotiate the psychological and emotional aspects of what they are going through.

Also

Blink
Malcolm Gladwell (Little Brown 2005)

Forgive and Remember (2nd edition)
Charles L. Bosk (University of Chicago Press 2003)

On Grief and Grieving
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (Thorndike 2006)

The Corrosion of Medicine 
John Geyman (Common Courage Press 2007)

Wikinomics 
Don Tapscott (Portfolio 2007)

Wisdom of Crowds
James Surowiecki (Doubleday 2004) 


August 1, 2007
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