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Letters Checklist culture

Seductions of the WHO safe surgery checklist

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 23 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c915
  1. Peter J Mahaffey, consultant (plastic and hand surgery)1
  1. 1Bedford Hospital, Bedford MK42 9DJ
  1. peter.mahaffey{at}

    It is worrying that those furthest from surgical practice seem to be embracing the new WHO surgical checklist most enthusiastically. Thus, it is ironic that Atul Gawande’s book The Checklist Manifesto is reviewed by a physician rather than a surgeon.1 In espousing its philosophy, the reviewer omits to tell …

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