Atul Gawande claims most doctors are mediocre at best
PORTLANDâ€”â€œThe source of our struggle is the complexity,â€ not medical lawsuits or moneyÂ problems, said author and surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande during a lecture on WednesdayÂ evening.
The 1 million doctors and 2.5 million nurses in America are faced daily with makingÂ complicated decisions about why bodies fail, what medicines to prescribe, and which surgicalÂ or medical procedure to perform, in addition to learning how to communicate with theirÂ patients, he said before an audience of nearly 2,400 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.Â Gawande, a physician who specializes in cancer at Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital in BostonÂ and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, said there are now 13,600 diagnoses that a clinicianÂ has to choose from, along with 4,000 surgical or medical actions that can be performed. Itâ€™s aÂ dizzying array of knowledge that health care workers are expected to absorb, and is unlike anyÂ other American industry. (Oregon Health News, Sept. 2009)
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