Making the "Best of the best" list

November 15, 2011

In medicine, we find a variety of bests listed in the magazine.

"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."

-Anna Quindlen

At the same time, we are realistic, as exemplified by the often-used phrase when teaching in our operating rooms: "Perfect is the enemy of good." And we are often queried by our friends and colleagues who need a doctor: "Who is the best person for me to see?"

How can we know when we have obtained perfection, or if not perfection, then at least become the best of something? People's opinions tend to vary, comparative data may be hard to come by, or there may simply be disagreement.

That is why an in-flight magazine like the one I recently read can be invaluable (Spirit. October 2011). The magazine, no doubt after carrying out exhaustive research, revealed the best of the best in many interesting categories:

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