by Sukey HowardJuly, 2007
<b>Sukey's favorite</b> Atul Gawande, a 2006 MacArthur Fellow, is also a Harvard doctor, <i>New Yorker</i> writer and best-selling author. <b>Better</b> is a collection of 12 intriguing essays that look at doctors as people committed to saving the battlefield wounded, eradicating polio in India, inventively treating cystic fibrosis or making money, people confronted by complex moral and ethical issues and caught up in the intricacies and expectations of the medical insurance establishment. Gawande has an easy narrative style, mirrored here in John Bedford Lloyd's reading, that makes difficult medical situations intelligible. Like Groopman, he offers gripping stories of real people and weaves in his own experiences as a surgeon, experiences that have taught him that for a physician who sees himself as more than a white-coated cog in a machine, the drive to do better, to do right by your patients in a very uncertain world, is a lifelong pursuit. I prescribe both of these audios they're as close to a cure for medical misunderstanding as you'll find.