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Brian Goldman recommends

Must-reads (and a must-watch) about the realities of medical mistakes.

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    Medical Errors and Medical Narcissism

    John Banja
    Jones and Bartlett, 2004

    Medical Errors and Medical Narcissism examines the concept of medical narcissism and how error disclosure to patients and families is often compromised by the health professional's need to preserve his or her self-esteem – at the cost of honoring the patient's right to the unvarnished truth about what has happened. This book is essential reading to unpack the hidden personality issues that lead to error and get in the way of making meaningful changes to health care safety.

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    The Checklist Manifesto

    Atul Gawande
    Picador, 2011

    The Checklist Manifesto is Gawande's bestselling book about medical errors that come from not knowing enough and errors that come from not doing the right thing. The book is essential reading for people who want to understand why health care is not as safe as it could be and how to change that.

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    Highest Duty

    Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow
    William Morrow, 2009

    The inspirational New York Times bestselling autobiography of a true American hero. In Highest Duty, Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger — the pilot who miraculously landed a crippled US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers — shares his thoughts on leadership and responsibility. Sully believes that health care needs to adopt the same approaches that made aviation safer. I, for one, agree wholeheartedly with him.

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    Canada's Doctors: The Best, the Brightest — and the Burned Out

    Brian Goldman
    The Globe and Mail, June 16, 2014

    An article adapted from my address to the graduating medical school class at the University of Toronto in June 2014.

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    Jordan Grumet

    DotMed Conference, 2014

    Grumet's TED-style talk is a marvelous reflection on medical mistakes and personal traumas that shape a doctor's demeanor and capacity for empathy.