Virtually everyone who cares for hospital patients will make serious mistakes, and even commit acts of negligence, every year. For this reason, doctors are seldom outraged when the press reports yet another medical horror story. They usually have a different reaction: that could be me.

—Atul Gawande

Foreign Editions


The United Kingdom

Portobello Books

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   The UK Paperback Edition

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The Netherlands:

Forthcoming from Maven Publishing, May 2011






   Brazil: Larousse forthcoming from Larousse, June 2011

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Germany: Riemann Verlag / RH Germany

Bulgaria: BGkniga


France: Flammarion


Georgia: Radarami



Japan: Seidosha


Korea: forthcoming from Korean National Open University

Turkey: forthcoming from TUAL

Spain: forthcoming from Siruela

Hungary: forthcoming from HVG Konyvkiado Kft. 

Vietnam: forthcoming from Panda Books

China: China Citic Press

Italy: forthcoming from Longanesi

Taiwain: forthcoming from Briefing Press

Arguably the most famous mistake in the history of science, geocentrism – the belief that the earth is the center of the universe – held sway in the West from ancient Greece until the late 16th century. This erroneous conviction was supported by basic but misleading sensory observations (to the human eye, the sun appears to revolve around the earth, while the ground beneath us feels stationary), as well as by many religious traditions, including Judeo-Christianity. It took the combined work of the astronomers Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler – plus about a century and a half of sluggish belief change – for the correct, heliocentric model of the solar system to become broadly accepted.