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By Atul Gawande

ISBN-10: 1861976577

ISBN-13: 9781861976574

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The fight to accomplish good is common: every one folks faces fatigue, constrained assets, and imperfect skills in no matter what we do. yet nowhere is that this force to do greater extra vital than in medication, the place lives might be at the line with any decision.

Atul Gawande, the New York Times bestselling writer of issues, examines, in riveting debts of scientific failure and triumph, how luck is accomplished during this advanced and risk-filled occupation. right away unflinching and compassionate, Better is an exciting trip, narrated by way of "arguably the simplest nonfiction doctor-writer round" (Salon.com).

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For the three days of the mop-up, I traveled through Karnataka with Pankaj Bhatnagar, a WHO pediatrician whose job was to see that the operation was properly executed. He is in his forties, with a slight paunch and an easy, genial manner. The work can be a tricky business, he explained as we waited in Delhi for our flight south. WHO distributes much of the money for mop-up operations. UNICEF provides the vaccines. Rotary of India prints the banners and advocates locally for the cause. But the operation itself is run by people none of these organizations control: government health officials who must hire the thousands of vaccinators, train them properly, and send them from house to house.

It is a small Geneva bureaucracy run by several hundred international delegates whose annual votes tell the organization what to do but not how to do it. qxd 38 2/1/08 3:06 PM Page 38 Better monitoring. The only substantial resource that WHO has cultivated is information and expertise. I didn’t understand how this could suffice. Then I went to Karnataka. For the three days of the mop-up, I traveled through Karnataka with Pankaj Bhatnagar, a WHO pediatrician whose job was to see that the operation was properly executed.

WHO distributes much of the money for mop-up operations. UNICEF provides the vaccines. Rotary of India prints the banners and advocates locally for the cause. But the operation itself is run by people none of these organizations control: government health officials who must hire the thousands of vaccinators, train them properly, and send them from house to house. We took a plane to Bangalore, then traveled eight hours overnight by train to Bellary, a crowded, dusty town that is the district seat for Upparahalla.

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