The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
How to Get Things Right

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Gawande gives a vivid, punchy exposition of an intriguing idea: that by-the-book routine trumps individual prowess.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies—neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.

In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.

An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential reading for anyone working to get things right.

 

About Atul Gawande

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Atul Gawande is the author of Better and Complications, a National Book Award finalist. He is also a MacArthur Fellow, a general surgeon at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He served as a senior health policy advisor in the Clinton presidential campaign and White House from 1992 to 1993. He received his B.A.S. from Stanford University, M.A. in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts.
 
Published December 15, 2009 by Metropolitan Books. 225 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Good
on Dec 23 2009

...elegantly written and elegantly conceived, in which the writer finds a surprising, slightly askew way of looking look at familiar medical issues.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent

Gawande gives a vivid, punchy exposition of an intriguing idea: that by-the-book routine trumps individual prowess.

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WSJ online

Above average
on Jan 20 2010

Dr. Gawande is at his best when telling stories from the operating room.

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The Washington Post

Good
on Jan 17 2010

Thoughtfully written and soundly defended, this book calls for medical professionals to improve patient care by adopting a basic, common-sense approach.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Good
on Jan 15 2010

In his compelling book, "The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right," the surgeon and writer...expands on the ideas popularized in his 2007 New Yorker essay about the remarkable impact of simple checklists on medical care.

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
on Jan 07 2010

This is a brilliant book about an idea so simple it sounds dumb until you hear the case for it.

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The Gospel Coalition

Excellent
on Jan 29 2010

It’s one of those books you’ll sit down to read and realize a couple of hours later that you’ve read it in a sitting.

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Small Business Trends

Above average
on Jul 17 2010

There are no charts or research notes, but the manifesto for better upfront decision-making is very clear thanks to the story that this book weaves.

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Harvard Business Review

Good
on Feb 23 2010

It's a wonderfully entertaining and thought-provoking book.

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The Finance Professional's Post

Above average
on May 08 2012

Sometime later, a copy arrived at my office, courtesy of a money manager, but it sat unread for many months. I shouldn’t have waited and, if you haven’t read it, neither should you.

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