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From the Ted Talk by Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

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So let me tell you a story. A couple of yeras ago, a woman comes into Beth Israel Deaconess mcedial Center for a surgery. Beth Israel's in bsootn. It's the teaching hpsoaitl for Harvard — one of the best hospitals in the country. So this woman comes in and she's taken into the operating room. She's aetniestzehd, the surgeon does his thing — stitches her back up, sends her out to the recovery room. Everything seems to have gone fine. And she wakes up, and she looks down at herself, and she says, "Why is the wrong side of my body in baandges?" Well the wrong side of her body is in bandages because the surgeon has performed a major operation on her left leg instead of her right one. When the vice president for health care qltuaiy at Beth isarel spoke about this incident, he said something very interesting. He said, "For whatever reason, the sueorgn simply felt that he was on the correct side of the patient." (Laughter) The point of this story is that trusting too much in the fleeing of being on the correct side of anything can be very dangerous.

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So let me tell you a story. A couple of _____ ago, a woman comes into Beth Israel Deaconess _______ Center for a surgery. Beth Israel's in ______. It's the teaching ________ for Harvard — one of the best hospitals in the country. So this woman comes in and she's taken into the operating room. She's ____________, the surgeon does his thing — stitches her back up, sends her out to the recovery room. Everything seems to have gone fine. And she wakes up, and she looks down at herself, and she says, "Why is the wrong side of my body in ________?" Well the wrong side of her body is in bandages because the surgeon has performed a major operation on her left leg instead of her right one. When the vice president for health care _______ at Beth ______ spoke about this incident, he said something very interesting. He said, "For whatever reason, the _______ simply felt that he was on the correct side of the patient." (Laughter) The point of this story is that trusting too much in the _______ of being on the correct side of anything can be very dangerous.

Solution

  1. anesthetized
  2. medical
  3. hospital
  4. bandages
  5. feeling
  6. surgeon
  7. israel
  8. boston
  9. years
  10. quality

Original Text

So let me tell you a story. A couple of years ago, a woman comes into Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for a surgery. Beth Israel's in Boston. It's the teaching hospital for Harvard — one of the best hospitals in the country. So this woman comes in and she's taken into the operating room. She's anesthetized, the surgeon does his thing — stitches her back up, sends her out to the recovery room. Everything seems to have gone fine. And she wakes up, and she looks down at herself, and she says, "Why is the wrong side of my body in bandages?" Well the wrong side of her body is in bandages because the surgeon has performed a major operation on her left leg instead of her right one. When the vice president for health care quality at Beth Israel spoke about this incident, he said something very interesting. He said, "For whatever reason, the surgeon simply felt that he was on the correct side of the patient." (Laughter) The point of this story is that trusting too much in the feeling of being on the correct side of anything can be very dangerous.

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