Saturday, January 24, 2009

He's Fantastic (As Usual)

If you have a few minutes and want to read about the history of nationalized medicine in England, France, and Switzerland, as well as the history of how the American health care system came to be, and even the American telephone system(?!), go read this article by Atul Gawande in The New Yorker. Go, now.

I found the link at Kevin, MD. Congrats on Best Medical Blog of the Year!


cbtish said...

I read just the first sentence:

"In every industrialized nation, the movement to reform health care has begun with stories about cruelty."

And it reminded me of this, written yesterday about the UK's NHS: Wards

So when I got to the last paragraph:

"It will be no utopia."

It reminded me of the saying: "Be careful what you wish for."

Black Mariah said...

Thanks for the link, I love his writing style. I've enjoyed reading your blog, you're welcome to check mine out.

tracy said...

This was an excellent article...and it helped that i already love "my" Dr. Gawande. Wish he would write another book...i mean, really, how busy can he be...? :)

Thanks so much,
Hee, the verification is "comonin"...don't mind if i do...!

Tiny Shrink said...

I'm always amazed that Dr. Gawande has the time to research, plan, and write things like this article AND be a busy surgeon AND be a husband and father. It makes me feel woefully inadequate.

And I just started on the archives, Mariah.

tracy said...

That is sooo sad, Tiny Shrink, as i admire you so much and in No Way should you e v e r consider yourself "inadequate".

i mean, you are a physican, among many other things, my "Most Admired Profession" :)