The Most Ambitious Thing Humans Have Ever Attempted

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“One of the things that I love about surgery is: it is the least stressful thing I do.” — Atul Gawande. (Photo: Kelly Davidson/Ariadne Labs)

Season 7, Episode 38

Sure, medical progress has been astounding. But today the U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country, with so-so outcomes. Atul Gawande — cancer surgeon, public-health researcher, and best-selling author — has some simple ideas for treating a painfully complex system.

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