Scientists have given a new name to the deaths that occur in surgery after something goes wrong—whether it is an infection or some bizarre twist of the stomach. They call them a “failure to rescue.” More than anything, this is what distinguished the great from the mediocre. They didn’t fail less. They rescued more.
This may in fact be the real story of human and societal improvement. We talk a lot about “risk management”—a nice hygienic phrase. But in the end, risk is necessary. Things can and will go wrong. Yet some have a better capacity to prepare for the possibility, to limit the damage, and to sometimes even retrieve success from failure.
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His next two books Better and The Checklist Manifesto are pretty awesome too...highly recommend reading all three. Reading them in sequence is pretty cool too since Complications is from his experiences in med school, Better from residency, and Checklist from being an attending physician/professor.
An anecdote that stuck with me was that Dr.G took a writing class in college, and the instructor advised him that his writing was going to go nowhere...when somebody interviewed the instructor after he got established as the New Yorker medical correspondent and after his books got published, he said that he was glad his student did not take his advice! _________________ a ship is safe in a harbor, but that is not what it is designed for.
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