Browsing All posts tagged under »atul gawande«

The best commencement speech I know of

May 15, 2015

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It’s the time of the year when all the famous people start giving commencement speeches. I usually watch a few of these each year, especially from people I’m a fan of. A lot are great, but I’ve always found myself siding with the comedians on this. “Most of you are probably drunk, and, like when […]

Emptying out the mailbag and clearing the history #6

March 27, 2015

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Other mailbags can be found here. Keep in mind a lot of this is email conversations, comment replies, or some random interesting things I’ve found. By their nature they are not as thorough or complete as a post on one topic. Here’s what’s covered in this installment (click to be taken to the section): Looking at airplane crashes, and their […]

Some notes on Being Mortal

November 7, 2014

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As many readers of this site know, I’m a huge fan of writer / surgeon Atul Gawande. His Checklist Manifesto book is towards the top of my recommended reading list. His latest book is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. The book is primarily about how we handle the end of people’s lives, with an obvious […]

Emptying out the mailbag & clearing the history #1

July 30, 2014

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This is an idea I got from Bill Simmons. Particularly during the NFL season, Simmons will empty out his email inbox. There isn’t much of a theme to it, it goes off on tangents, can be random, but it’s a way to get a bunch of different thoughts and comments out there. I thought I’d try something […]

The starting list to my learning list

May 28, 2014

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I’ve received some emails asking for advice, congealing around: “There’s so much information out there, where do I start?” “How did you go about attaining your knowledge base?” “There’s a lot on your Recommended Learning page, what should I start with?” All the above deal with learning, but this post will be geared toward the last remark. […]

A patient’s compliance is not just the patient’s responsibility

September 16, 2013

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I’ve detailed my health insurance issues before. With the new laws taking effect soon I was researching things again. I came across this great discussion of Obamacare on Reddit. Really, I was just looking for an easy to understand summation, and the thread provides that. A doctor then weighed in on what was about to […]