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The best book I've read in the last 5 years is David Simon's, "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets"...if you've watched The Wire, half of its material is derived from this real life account of being embedded in Baltimore's homicide unit: https://books.google.com/books/about/Homicide.html?id=N8LS0b...

All of Atul Gawande's books, notably:

The Checklist Manifesto [1]: http://atulgawande.com/book/the-checklist-manifesto/

Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance: http://atulgawande.com/book/better/

[1] You can read the essay that this book is based on in the New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/12/10/the-checklist




'Checklist Manifesto' is great, but I don't think it's high in SVN. It repeats itself a lot to drive home the point that using checklists is good, even (or especially) for experts in their field.


yea tldr is like 5 lines.


It should also be pointed out that this book was the basis for the show Homicide: Life on the Street, which Simon consulted on and later produced. That's what got Simon into television and eventually writing The Wire. (That said, Simon felt the show did not closely enough reflect the book, which is probably what fed into the creation of The Wire. Still, for a network TV drama, Homicide was pretty outstanding.)


Homicide is one of those books I wish I could read again for the first time. I can think of no higher praise.


Reading that article is outrageous. Save thousands of lives a year in every single hospital? And what is the cost? About 2 to 3 million dollars? It would be an absolute bargain at 10 Billion dollars.

But we are not doing it. Why? Because we misallocate the founds.


I just did the calculations, if we ignore the money saved and assume the projects total expenses are going to be 4 million, then it only needs to save at least 1198 people to beat the top rated charity on GiveWell (Against Malaria foundation).

Looking at the data (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1306801) there were 721,800 what they call health care associated infections in 2011 (I couldn't find newer data). If the rate goes down at what the article suggest, (75%) then we will save 541350 people a year using this method whereas it would cost more than 1.8 Billion dollars to save the same amount of lives using the Against Malaria foundation.

This is almost 500 times as effective!

How do we get this knowledge to people who have 2 million dollars to spare?


I came here to say "Checklist Manifesto!"




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