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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (Jan. 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312430000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312430009
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 20.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I read The Checklist Manifesto in one sitting yesterday, which is an amazing tribute to the book that Gawande has crafted. Not only is the book loaded with fascinating stories, but it honestly changed the way I think about the world. It is the best book I’ve read in ages.”—Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics
 
“Few medical writers working today can transmit the gore-drenched terror of an operation that suddenly goes wrong—a terror that has a special resonance when it is Dr. Gawande himself who makes the initial horrifying mistake. And few can make it as clear as he can what exactly is at stake in the effort to minimize calamities.”—The New York Times
 
“Even skeptical readers will find the evidence staggering. . . . Thoughtfully written and soundly defended, this book calls for medical professionals to improve patient care by adopting a basic, common-sense approach.”—The Washington Post
 
“A persuasive champion of his cause.”—The Economist
 
The Checklist Manifesto is beautifully written, engaging, and convincingly makes the case for adopting checklists in medicine, a project to which Gawande has devoted significant time over the last several years. . . . It is in many ways the most personal of his books, a direct call to action to change the way health care is delivered through straightforward and simple, yet proven, means. It is a call that deserves to be heard and heeded.”—Journal of the American Medical Association
 
“Gawande deftly weaves in examples of checklist successes in diverse fields like aviation and skyscraper construction. . . . Fascinating reading.”—New York Times Book Review
 
“This is a brilliant book about an idea so simple it sounds dumb until you hear the case for it. Atul Gawande presents an argument so strong that I challenge anyone to go away from this book unconvinced.”—The Seattle Times
 
“Fascinating . . . presents a convincing case that adopting more checklists will surely help.”—Bloomberg News
 
“Gawande argues convincingly and eloquently.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“The scope goes well beyond medicine. . . Read this book and you might find yourself making checklists for the most mundane tasks—and be better off for it.”—BusinessWeek
 
“A vivid, punchy exposition of an intriguing idea: that by-the-book routine trumps individual prowess.”—Publishers Weekly

“Maintains the balance between accessibility and precision. He manages to be vivid without being gruesome. . . . —The Guardian (UK)
 
“Riveting and thought-provoking.”—The Times (UK)
 
“Eye-popping. . . Gawande writes with vigor and clarity.”—New Haven Advocate

About the Author

Atul Gawande is the author of Better and Complications. He is also a MacArthur Fellow, a general surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 7 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book seems to make a pretty strong case for the use of checklists. Of course we are exposed to more and less effective uses of checklists through the course of this book, and Gawande's experience limits us primarily to the realm of surgery, although he does get us out of the operating where he can.

The key to the believability of what he proposes here is a communication checklist and also a warning not to use checklists to do our jobs for us (i.e. don't put everything on the checklist, just key tasks that mustn't be missed or that are more frequently missed).

Of course, the challenge is in the implementation, which takes more work than making the case.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Colin Redfern on April 6 2010
Format: Hardcover
An excellent read and opens ones eyes to how the simplest of mistakes cause the greatest problems and how easily they can be avoided:
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Marie on Feb. 20 2014
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This is one of those books that everyone who has a job should read. Loved the examples and am still using it in my life a year after I read it.
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This is a great book, especially for people that work in very detailed based industries. It was recommended to me to read this book by a senior engineer at a competing company. The products that we produce in our industry need to be accurate, but with the amount of detail required there is always little things missed. The solution to this problem is a checklist. Your checklist won't be perfect when you start, but it will grow and get better. Once you have a checklist, you go through it and everything on that list should be addressed.

And you don't have to use this for work related items too. I've started to develop checklists for "traveling", so I never forget anything.

I seen some complaints from people saying that this is nothing more than stories. It's true. The concept of making a checklist doesn't take up many pages, but really the point is to make the case for them. I found the examples and stories quite helpful with determining how to best write out a checklist, the situations that matter and to make better checklists.

If you end up repeatedly missing details within work and life, I recommend reading this book and start making checklists. It will really help.
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Format: Paperback
Gawande's Checklist Manifesto is one of the most helpful books I've read in the past 5 years. In very entertaining and persuasive style, he lays out how activities as complex as brain surgery can benefit from something as simple as a 5 step verbal checklist. More interesting than a simple "how to" guide, the book traces Atul's efforts to bring checklists into the Operating Rooms of the world, covering the research he did, his successes and, more importantly, his failures so that we may see how to implement this simple tool in our own lives. After reading this book, I can't see how any job couldn't benefit from a checklist in some manner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Atul Gawande is a physician interested in improving surgical practice. He reviews surgical cases with disastrous outcomes that could have been prevented and cites research claiming that nearly half of deaths that occur in surgery are in fact preventable. We read a detailed analysis of a drowning accident in which the young victim's life was saved against all odds. Why? Because the hospital staff had discussed and practiced the procedures to treat cold-water drowning ahead of time. They used no new knowledge; they just coordinated and communicated more effectively.

Gawande examines how human beings do things. There are two reasons we fail at complex tasks. The first is ignorance. We correct it by conducting research and building schools to increase our knowledge. The second and more common reason for failure is ineptitude--the right knowledge is available, but we do not apply it correctly. People continually forget, are distracted, or skip steps because they seem unimportant. This problem lurks below the radar; we don't recognize it, let alone try to solve it. Instead we send people off for more training to increase their knowledge.

What is needed instead is a simple way to remind people of what they know at the right time to make a difference. We have an answer, we just aren't using it. "Checklists seem to provide protection against such failures. They remind us of the minimum necessary steps and make them explicit. They not only offer the possibility of verification, but also instill a kind of discipline of higher performance."

The author examines checklists used by airline pilots, building contractors, investors and other physicians. In these professions work has become too complex for even a talented individual to perform alone.
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Format: Hardcover
Who knew a book about checklists could be so darn interesting?!? I bought this book because I'm a huge fan of Atul Gawande's writting but admittedly was not at all convinced on the subject matter. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was amazed at the point he so eloquently made about the power of checklists. I am now left contemplating how I could integrate checklists in my practice of audiology. My only complaint regarding the book is that it was not long enough!! The book is now on my husband's bedside table which says alot because I don't think we've ever shared a book before!
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