Readers of this blog would have observed the themes behind my book recommendations. The bulk of the books so far have been about safety culture, human factors, decision-making, and leadership. I had intended from the outset to review some works of fiction, but only if they contain lessons to aid doctors in their professional practice. It would have been far… Read More What works of fiction should doctors read?
Obliquity: Why Our Goals are Best Achieved Indirectly Author: John Kay SYNOPSIS What is the best approach to problem-solving? Are there more effective ways to attain our goals? Rather than tackle problems head-long, this book advocates the indirect approach. The author argues that direct problem-solving strategies are often impractical and frequently end in failure. This is because most problems have… Read More Obliquity
Talking with Patients and Families about Medical Error Authors: Robert Troug, David Browning, Judith Johnston, Thomas Gallagher SYNOPSIS This book addresses the often overlooked subject of communication between physicians and patients following adverse events. It set out ‘… to explore the critical yet exceptionally difficult conversations that follow adverse events and errors…’ (page xiv). The authors explored the sentiments underpinning… Read More Talking with Patients and Families about Medical Error
The Logic of Failure: Recognizing and Avoiding Error in Complex Situations Author: Dietrich Dorner SYNOPSIS Does failure take a predictable course? Can we learn to avoid mistakes? This book answers ‘yes’ to both questions saying that failure acts ‘according to its own logic’, following a predictable pattern (pages 9 and 10). The author, a psychology… Read More The Logic of Failure