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Checklists & protocols: Doctors’ egos versus patients’ lives (and taxpayers’ dollars)

Three clips from different things I’ve read (relatively) recently, all saying doctors’ egos and status-fights can kill (and more). First up, Atul Gawande, who has also written “Better: A Surgeon’s notes on Performance.” “We don’t like checklists. They can be … Continue reading

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Mastery versus Control – a distinction without a difference?

[Update: there’s a short follow up post to this here.] “Give me absolute control over every living soul And lie beside me baby, That’s an order” Leonard Cohen, The Future “Control is tied to the idea that we can limit … Continue reading

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Tools for White Guys who are Working for Social Change

Thank goodness none of this applies to me… (reposted from here, and originally from the (defunct?) Colours of Resistance site.) Tools for White Guys who are Working for Social Change (and other people socialized in a society based on domination) … Continue reading

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Checklists and banana-boards and other unwanted symbols of our frailty

Who wants to admit they’re frail? Who wants to admit their independence and skill has peaked, or is fundamentally limited? Not many of us, frankly. And so we do not act in our own rational best interest. Maybe this is … Continue reading

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