Do No Harm

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery Author: Henry Marsh Synopsis This is perhaps the most brutally honest portrait of medicine one is likely to come across. It is written by a neurosurgeon who is unafraid to speak his mind, and who infuses every chapter with candour and disdain for convention. The… Read More Do No Harm

Talking with Patients and Families about Medical Error

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

Beyond the Checklist

Beyond the Checklist: What Else Health Care Can Learn from Aviation Teamwork and Safety Authors: Suzanne Gordon, Patrick Mendenhall, Bonnie Blair O’Connor BOOK CONTENTS What lessons should healthcare really learn from aviation safety? What ‘major cultural and behavioural shifts’, beyond checklists and briefing protocols, define aviation safety? (page 9). This book is about the core aviation values which, the authors stress,… Read More Beyond the Checklist

The Invisible Gorilla

  The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuition Deceives Us Authors: Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons BOOK CONTENTS This book is an exposé of human cognitive weaknesses. The authors discuss what they call everyday illusions which greatly impact our lives (page x). They explore the ways our faculties fail us, and demonstrate our profound unawareness of these shortcomings. We see how most people are surprised… Read More The Invisible Gorilla

Being Wrong

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margins of Error. Author: Kathryn Schulz BOOK CONTENT Is there anything good about being wrong? Does error get too much flak? Should we be more understanding of mistakes? This book explores the very important human trait it calls ‘wrongness’. The author, a journalist, delves into how ‘… our senses can fail… Read More Being Wrong