The Shameless Commerce Division

By  |  November 1, 2007 | 

Sorry, but today is the day for a tiny bit of Shameless Commerce – a quick plug for my new book, Understanding Patient Safety. I wouldn’t normally do this – I’m as brazenly promotional as anybody, mind you, but it does seem a bit cheesy – but then I saw Robert Reich promote his new book on his blog. I really like Robert Reich, Clinton I’s Labor Secretary and now a prof at Berkeley. His blog even included a very funny, completely tasteless homemade video promo. So I decided that if Reich can do it, so can I.

I’ll spare you the video.

Understanding Patient Safety is part of the McGraw-Hill/Lange series of books – primers on key clinical and non-clinical healthcare topics. I wrote the book that I would have wanted if I was a practicing physician, a resident, a nurse, a healthcare executive, a risk or quality manager, a medical or nursing student, or a pharmacist interested in learning about patient safety. I tried to make it lively, case-based, and more useful than comprehensive. It is a pretty easy read, and it is chock full of current references, tables, graphics, tools, etc. The feedback so far has been terrific, but we’ll have to see what people who aren’t my parents think.

It is selling big in Boca, though.

[Speaking of Boca, when Internal Bleeding came out, I got a call from my dad. “Your book is huge down here! Everybody wants it.” Great, I thought. I’ll call the publisher to tell him to watch for a spike in sales in the South Florida bookstores. But not so fast. “There’s a 3 month wait for it at the library!” he continued breathlessly. This, from one of the wealthiest locales on earth. It was like a Seinfeld episode.]

In any case, you can pick up Understanding Patient Safety at your local bookstore, or from the usual on-line purveyors. Hope you like it. If so, tell your friends. If not, don’t tell my parents.

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About the Author:

Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Interim Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he holds the Lynne and Marc Benioff Endowed Chair in Hospital Medicine. He is also Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine. He has published 250 articles and 6 books in the fields of quality, safety, and health policy. He coined the term hospitalist” in a 1996 New England Journal of Medicine article and is past-president of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is generally considered the academic leader of the hospitalist movement, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is also a national leader in the fields of patient safety and healthcare quality. He is editor of AHRQ WebM&M, a case-based patient safety journal on the Web, and AHRQ Patient Safety Network, the leading federal patient safety portal. Together, the sites receive nearly one million unique visits each year. He received one of the 2004 John M. Eisenberg Awards, the nation’s top honor in patient safety and quality. He has been selected as one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare magazine for the past eight years, the only academic physician to achieve this distinction; in 2015 he was #1 on the list. He is a former chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and has served on the healthcare advisory boards of several companies, including Google. His 2015 book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, was a New York Times science bestseller.


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