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Why Doctors Should Read Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath. Can a David Fix Health Care?

October 1st was a special day. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) also commonly known as Obamacare continued to march forward with the opening of the insurance exchanges. The federal government shut down because Republicans and Democrats disagreed around Obamacare funding. Most importantly, October 1st was when I could finally read Malcolm Gladwell’s new book David and Goliath. Gladwall ponders why do underdogs succeed when we least expect them to? Is it possible that advantages a Goliath has can be a disadvantage? When might a disadvantage for an underdog appear to be an advantage? As I put his observations together, I wondered are there any learnings for doctors and the health care system? Absolutely. A David typically does not have the resources or power to make a difference as viewed by conventional terms. Gladwell uses stories like the US civil rights movement, successful individuals with a dyslexia, and his excellent New […] Read More »