Wilful Blindess Author: Margaret Heffernan BOOK CONTENTS Why do doctors ignore glaring evidence which will help their patients? Why do partners turn a blind eye to infidelity? Why does child abuse go on for years unchallenged? Why do people blindly obey their corporate, professional, or military superiors? These and several other questions are… Read More Wilful Blindness
The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers Author: Daniel L. Schacter BOOK REVIEW The author is a professor of psychology at Harvard University and has expertise in memory. This book explains the mysteries of memory, how it works and, more importantly, how it fails. The striking title is matched by… Read More The Seven Sins of Memory
Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling Author: Edgar Schein BOOK CONTENTS The author of ‘Humble Inquiry’ is a professor of management and his expertise is in organisational culture. He discusses a major hindrance to effective communication, the tendency for people to ‘tell’ rather than ‘listen’ when they discuss task-related issues. This is… Read More Humble Inquiry
This blog is motivated by my interest in why and how doctors get it wrong. Error and unsafe practices happen to us all at one time or another, and going by the Institute of Medicine publication, To Err is Human, it is happening in epidemic proportions. Many authors have blamed this problem on how we think; Jerome Groopman‘s book How Doctors Think was one… Read More Setting the Scene
The task I have faced in the last few days is to divide the Bookshelf into sections (or ‘categories’ in the blogging world). This was surprisingly not an easy thing to do: some books seem to spread their tentacles over every group, and some don’t seem directly relevant to doctors although they are very interesting. I… Read More The Bookshelf Sections
Hello. This blog is a review of books which enhance and enrich medical practice. It covers the broad range of medical practice, from bench to bedside, from classroom to boardroom. Many of the books focus on core patient safety subjects but the scope is surprisingly vast. Watch this space!