The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Author(s): Atul Gawande


The bestselling author of Better and Complications explores the significance of the lowly checklist, and how it has revolutionised medical practice and saved lives. Today we find ourselves in possession of stupendous know-how, which we willingly place in the hands of the most highly skilled and hardworking people. Yet avoidable failures are common, and the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of our knowledge has exceeded our ability to consistently deliver it to people - correctly, safely or efficiently. Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising strategy in surmounting failure. He looks at how the checklist has allowed pilots to fly airplanes with more power and range than possible before; and how taking this idea to the complicated world of surgery produced a 90-second checklist that reduced surgical deaths and complications in eight hospitals around the world by more than one-third. Along the way, he will show how checklists (which cost next to nothing) actually work, and why some make matters worse while others make matters better.


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'Over the past decade, through his writing in the 'New Yorker' magazine and his books 'Complications' and 'Better', Atul Gawande has made a name for himself as a writer of exquisitely crafted meditations on the problems and challenges of modern medicine. His latest book, 'The Checklist Manifesto', begins on familiar ground, with his experiences as a surgeon. But before long it becomes clear that he is really interested in a problem that afflicts virtually every aspect of the modern world--and that is how professionals deal with the increasing complexity of their responsibilities. It has been years since I read a book so powerful and so thought-provoking. Malcolm Gladwell

One of the world's most distinguished doctors, Gawande is a staff writer on the New Yorker, teaches surgery at Harvard Medical School and practises it in Boston, and has advised President Clinton on health policies. He has lectured in the UK and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.

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  • : 9781846683138
  • : Profile Books Ltd
  • : Profile Books Ltd
  • : 0.0
  • : March 2010
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : Atul Gawande
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 617.00216
  • : 256