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A talk by Atul Gawande.

October 23, 2012

A friend shared the link to a talk on TED.com by Atul Gawande, a surgeon and writer, addressing the increasing complexity and cost of the practice of medicine.  The video is quite worthwhile.  Dr. Gawande speaks simply and eloquently about the roots of the problem of health care costs and some possibilities of how to address them.

The point he made that really grabbed me was the idea that we need more “pit crews” in medicine and fewer “cowboys.”  He said systems of people working together and sharing information provide better and less expensive care than a bunch of rugged individualists jealously guarding their turf.  I know there have certainly been times when I felt my care was of the latter variety, actually maybe all the time.  It’s intensely frustrating to me being addressed as all these pieces of symptoms and nobody gets the big picture (or seems to care).

Dr. Gawande’s analysis is astute and his words sound hopeful.  He made me feel that maybe there are people out there trying to make this mess better.  Thank you Dr. Gawande.

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