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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

  • Dr. Atul Gawande on Real Healthcare Reform, Why Solitary Confinement Is Torture, and His New Book, "The Checklist Manifesto"

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    We spend the hour with one of the most influential health policy writers in the country, Dr. Atul Gawande. He is an associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, a practicing surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. We speak with him about an influential article on healthcare costs that was cited by President Obama and became "required reading" at the White House, healthcare systems in other industrialized countries, the effect of solitary confinement on prisoners, and his new book, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. [includes rush transcript]