The underlying theme of the publication, Better: A Surgeons Notes on Performance is that of Betterment that implies bridging of the opening between objectives and performances in the medicinal field. The theme is available right from the onset of the narrative, through the narrative to the end. Gwande’s notion is that success in medicine needs four core necessities of moral rectitude, ingenuity, diligence and the will always to fight. These necessities are demonstrated in a sequence of narratives in which the author’s knowledge is flawlessly interwoven with cautiously analyzed and recreated proceedings that vary from the contemporary history of polio abolition to military health support in the Iraq fighting. This paper seeks to shed light on the theme of betterment and to strengthen them that medical practitioners should work to make the medical field a better field (Atul 34).
The initial part of the book that is on diligence emphasizes the significance of the eponymous excellence and assiduousness. It takes the audience or the reader through sanatorium infection-control entity, and the health care fight against superbugs. Superbugs are germs that have grown defiant to antibiotics. At the end of the day, Ignaz Semmelweis discovers that the germs can be done by the practice of cleaning hands with treated water; an act of diligence. Diligence is also presence through the operation of the surgeons who work tirelessly to save the lives of the American Soldiers in Iraq and the Indian doctors who are operating to eliminate polio in India.
The subsequent part concerns ‘ding right’ and it is a little bit of a misnomer because a large section of the part regards doctors who face the rule of law for unprofessional conduct (Atul 67). Although this part does not apply to doctors from Britain, argues that it sad to have medical practitioners who are simply human and make errors whose price is their professions. The sections present a moral dilemma of whether doctors should participate in judicial executions in ‘doing right.’ Again this fraction does not imply the British medical practitioners because there is no death sentence in the UK. However, it fronts a moral query of if doctor’s responsibility is merely to save lives. In addition, this part brings out the issue of “on fighting” (Atul 78). It demonstrates much about the writer’s individuality illuminating him to be kind, modest, and a sympathetic doctor devoted to medicine and one who is conscious of the present medical science. However, he is wary of the medical science that is presently in practice. In this section, he discusses himself and another physician who do their greatest to fight and to move an extra mile in their field.
The third fraction concerns ingenuity that recounts about Virginia Apgar’s resourcefulness as a medical practitioner and a scientist. Virginia employs her intelligence to put the proof in evidence-founded medicine and to develop an ingenious technique of achieving the eminence of infants: The Apgar Score. She uses her ability and ideas to come up with better mechanism and applications that saves the lives of the newborns. It is an encouraging and motivating narrative of cleverness, of how growing to be a physician is far more than having knowledge about what to prescribe for every disease.
Betterment is the perception of making something more significant through the application of ideas and ability. The medical field can be more meaningful if the specialist and the personnel could be more articulate and cautious when handling patients. Attending patients in time immediately they are presented from medication could help save the lives of many persons who die due to negligence. For instance, in a case where an accident victim is taken to an hospital and he or she require immediate attention. Due to carelessness, the doctors take time to attend to the victim. As a result, the victim dies awaiting the attention of the doctors either because of unavailability or laziness of the staff in the hospital. Attending such victims on time and treating them could help make the medical field or health sector a better profession or sector.
Atul, Gwande. Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance. New York: Library of Congress, 2008. Print