Surgical Mistakes

I’m reading a book called Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph T. Hallinan. The premise of the book is that we, as a species, have shortcomings that make us prone to mistakes. It is a pretty decent book.

In a footnote on page 193, Hallinan makes reference to a study that was done that asked pilots the question: “Even when fatigued, I perform effectively during critical [times].” Only 26% of pilots agreed with that statement. Yet 70 percent of surgeons agreed with that statement.