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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Review: Better

Better had a promising start: it starts of by discussing the causes of infection in hospitals, and the history of attempts to control it. All the industrial engineering in the world, for instance, didn't seem to solve the problem, but it turned out that if you got everyone in the hospital involved, and they felt like they were being heard, you could actually improve the situation dramatically.

3 chapters later, in the middle of a section on doctors in the prison system, I realized that this book did not have a coherent theme: it was basically a collection of essays by the author previously published in The New Yorker or elsewhere, which explained the lack of coherence. While it's all very exciting to hear about such disparate places in the world where medicine in practice, there's no central idea tying it together. The result: by the time I finished the book, I felt as though I had tried to eat dinner by ordering 12 appetizers. Each one tasted fine, but the whole experience left me feeling vaguely unsatisfied.

Check it out from your library instead of buying it, even at Kindle price.

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