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Video: An Evening with Dr. Atul Gawande

Dr. Atul Gawande, The New York Times bestselling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist (see The Checklist Manifesto).

First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.

Still curious? Dr. Atul Gawande, is the New York Times bestselling author of BetterComplications, and The Checklist Manifesto.