” I believe that one version of the good in life can be defined by the moments I sometimes had playing tennis as a sixteen-year-old. You’d be out on the court and for an hour, two hours, sometimes an entire roasting hot day, and every single thing you hit would go in. Hit that ball as hard as you wanted, wherever you wanted, and it went in. “


” The vast majority of doctors really do try to take the money out of their minds. But to provide the best possible care requires using resources in a way that keeps you viable but improves the quality of care. “


” Our great struggle in medicine these days is not just with ignorance and uncertainty. It’s also with complexity: how much you have to make sure you have in your head and think about. There are a thousand ways things can go wrong. “


” You know, 97 percent of the time, if you come into a hospital, everything goes well. But three percent of the time, we have major complications. “


” I’m floating between multiple media. I really wish you could buy the hardcover book and it would come with the digital download and audible version. I spend stupid amounts of money because I’m usually buying my books in at least two formats. “


” No one looks at your hands to see how much they shake when you are interviewed to be a surgeon. The physical skills required are no greater than for writing cursive script. If an operation requires so much skill only a few surgeons can do it, you modify the operation to make it simpler. “


” You want to ensure people can do it right 99 percent of time. When we have to fire one of our surgical trainees, it is never because they don’t have the physical skills but because they don’t have the moral skills – to practise and admit failure. “


” There are, in human affairs, two kinds of problems: those which are amenable to a technical solution and those which are not. Universal health-care coverage belongs to the first category: you can pick one of several possible solutions, pass a bill, and (allowing for some tinkering around the edges) it will happen. “


” The history of American agriculture suggests that you can have transformation without a master plan, without knowing all the answers up front. “


” No one teaches you how to think about money in medical school or residency. Yet, from the moment you start practicing, you must think about it. You must consider what is covered for a patient and what is not. “



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I believe that one version of the good in life can be defined by the moments I sometimes had playing tennis as a sixteen-year-old. You
The vast majority of doctors really do try to take the money out of their minds. But to provide the best possible care requires using resources in a way that keeps you viable but improves the quality of care.


Our great struggle in medicine these days is not just with ignorance and uncertainty. It
You know, 97 percent of the time, if you come into a hospital, everything goes well. But three percent of the time, we have major complications.
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No one looks at your hands to see how much they shake when you are interviewed to be a surgeon. The physical skills required are no greater than for writing cursive script. If an operation requires so much skill only a few surgeons can do it, you modify the operation to make it simpler.
You want to ensure people can do it right 99 percent of time. When we have to fire one of our surgical trainees, it is never because they don
There are, in human affairs, two kinds of problems: those which are amenable to a technical solution and those which are not. Universal health-care coverage belongs to the first category: you can pick one of several possible solutions, pass a bill, and (allowing for some tinkering around the edges) it will happen.
The history of American agriculture suggests that you can have transformation without a master plan, without knowing all the answers up front.
No one teaches you how to think about money in medical school or residency. Yet, from the moment you start practicing, you must think about it. You must consider what is covered for a patient and what is not.
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