Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist, and author of the books “Intern” and “Doctored,” disagrees with the AMA’s view. In an op-ed for our partners at The New York Times, Dr. Jauhar states that although he opposes capital punishment, doctors should be present at executions to minimize prisoner suffering. [WNYC.org]
Dr. Jauhar was recently a guest on The Takeway to discuss. Listen above.
“Kitty Hawk, the company backed by [Google’s] Mr. Page, is trying to be one of the first out of the gate and plans to start selling its vehicle by the end of the year … During his recent test flight, Cameron Robertson, the aerospace engineer, used two joysticklike controls to swing the vehicle back and forth above Clear Lake, sliding on the air as a Formula One car might shimmy through a racecourse. The flight, just 15 feet above the water, circled over the lake about 20 or 30 yards from shore, and after about five minutes Mr. Robertson steered back to a floating landing pad at the end of a dock.” [NYTime.com]
Publisher’s Weekly has reviewed Cathryn Ramin’s Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery.
Veteran journalist Ramin (Carved in Sand) spent six years researching her latest topic, conducting 600 interviews for this comprehensive investigation. She also personally explored a number of back-pain solutions—as human lab rat, the author took notes while being examined in her underwear (a first, she observes, “in over three decades as an investigative reporter”) and observed disc surgery while cloaked in scrubs. Although she experienced chronic back pain herself, her personal story isn’t shared until chapter 10; the book’s first half is instead a riveting exposé of the back-pain industry, critiquing such common treatments as lumbar spinal fusion, epidural spinal injections, and opioid prescription. Though Ramin asserts that she knew very little about the back-pain industry when she began her research, she soon realized that she was delving into a checkered subject with “twists, turns and corrupt characters” worthy of a Le Carré novel. Ramin offers two approaches to her text: readers may begin with a chronological study of various medical techniques and their efficacy (or lack thereof), or they may jump into part two (“Solutions”) first, where they will encounter a much more optimistic exploration of back rehabilitation, exercise, Iyengar yoga, tai chi, and other nonoperative approaches. This book will be of particular interest to back-pain sufferers and health care professionals. [PublishersWeekly.com]
|Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes is out today. “Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign’s difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Shattered tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.” [Amazon]|
Nick Tasler, who recently published his fourth book Ricochet: What to Do When Change Happens to You, was a guest on fellow BrightSight speaker Todd Henry’s Accidental Creative podcast. Listen above. [AccidentalCreative.com] Nick was also recently featured at Quartz:
Each of these scandals arises from the same predicament: When companies place material success and self-interest over the essential values distinguishing them from competitors, things tend to head south. Fast. According to Nick Tasler, organizational psychologist and author of The Impulse Factor: An Innovative Approach to Decision Making, one way to avoid such a fate is to make sure that your company abides by a guiding principle known as a “decision pulse.” [QZ.com]
At Quartz, Nick Tasler has written a new personal essay.
In 2016, my wife Alison and I decided to move our family of six from the tundra of Minnesota to the tropics of Puerto Rico. We wanted to give our kids the chance to experience a different way of life. We said it would be good for them to learn a second language. We believed we were making this move for their sake. Then one afternoon last September, just three weeks into our Puerto Rican adventure, I found myself in a traffic jam. In a rainforest. During a blackout—Puerto Rico’s first island-wide blackout in 39 years. I was starting to have some doubts. [QZ.com]
Bob Pozen has written a new piece for Fortune, “How President Trump Can Actually Pass Corporate Tax Reform.”
While the Congressional efforts to reform America’s health care system fell apart last month, the Trump Administration can learn important lessons for its next legislative battle: corporate tax reform. Here are five key guidelines. First, don’t trust House Republicans to draft a bill. [Fortune.com]