When Doctors Make Mistakes By: Atul Gawande. MM Gawande is a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and a professor in the. Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices Doctors, Drugs, and the Poor When Doctors Make Mistakes. Slate. Doctors are fallible; of course they are. So why do they find this so hard to admit, and how can they work more openly? Atul Gawande lifts the.

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The New YorkerFeb 12, The New YorkerMay 26, To get in touch with Dr. We have no black box for what happens in our operating rooms or in our clinics. The idea propagated by series such as House — showcasing the heroic doctor as mercurial medical detective — is that disaster is gaqande by acts of impromptu brilliance performed by radicals who have little regard for conventional practice.

It is uncomfortable looking inside our fallibility. Here in the UK we have faced similar challenges.

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The body is scarily intricate, unfathomable, hard to read. What we find out can often be miraculous.

And now as a third-year medical student, I see the preparation and skill it takes to be even competent. The New YorkerJun 1, The New YorkerNov 21, SlateFeb 25, The New YorkerFeb 27, The New York TimesMay 31, This June he graduated from high school and this autumn he started college.


Why, for example, would a meteorologist fail to correctly predict where a hurricane was going to make landfall, or why might a doctor fail to figure out what was going on inside my son and fix it?

The New York TimesDec 30, The National Academies Press; By then technology had developed to allow his aorta to be expanded with a simple catheter. In this circumstance, we do have a drug — only put into use, wehn turned out, about a decade before my son was born: He describes the current forum used by physicians to process medical errors, the Morbidity and Mortality Conference, and points out that its major limitation is highlighting individual error, not the process or system that allowed or led to the error.

Hospitals’ bid to heal selves saves thousands.

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We understand with great precision how mothers can die in childbirth, how certain tumours behave, how the Ebola virus spreads, how the gawanse can go wrong and be fixed. SlateNov 6, Show 25 25 50 All. The New York TimesMay 17, Now they had designed it to expand a bit as he grew, but it was not going to accommodate an adult-sized body. And when this boy was diagnosed, it took too long for the problem to be recognised, for transportation to be arranged, and for him to get that drug to give him back that doctos circulation.


The New YorkerDec 14, They took a chest x-ray, and it showed that the lungs were both whited out. It was almost like a straw.

SlateOct 23, But Walker got through that procedure just fine. That swift action in saved him. But Forssmann just had to give it a try.

SlateOct 7, This is why I write, this is why we do the science we do — because this is how we understand — and that is the key to the future of medicine. The New YorkerOct 3, An ice cube is so simple and so similar to other ice cubes that you can have complete assurance that if you put it in the fire, it will melt.

Whenever anyone touches the heart in surgery, it goes into fibrillation and the patient dies. SlateMay 28, Only by making what has been invisible visible.