Pluck: Lessons We Learned for Improving Healthcare and the World
Pluck brings together the spirit of courage, taking of roads-less-traveled, and living with a mindset focused on possibility that we can all call upon to improve everyday life. It inspires hope and collaboration, as well as meaningful change and actions.
Alfred Sadler and Blair Sadler, a doctor and a lawyer, who are also twin brothers, worked together on the early laws concerning organ donation and the first heart transplants, the emergence of the physician assistant profession, the birth of bioethics, and the creation of emergency medicine including 9-1-1. In this compelling and stirring book, they take us on a fascinating journey through the National Institutes of Health, Yale University Medical School, The Hastings Center on Bioethics, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In Pluck, the Sadlers recall being in rooms where major changes occurred that have had multi-generational and lifesaving impacts on our country's healthcare. They describe their roles in helping to lead and accelerate the pace and scale of needed change. The lessons they learned are enduring and relevant today. They share them, with the belief and confidence they will motivate people to constructive action.
Whether you are interested in healthcare, environmental activism, criminal justice reform, economic and racial equity, or education, transformation is possible with the help of the authors' 15 lessons for catalyzing change that conclude their enriching book.
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"An inspiring story of crucial and familiar aspects of the health care system. The Sadler brothers have an engaging story to tell and do so in an enlightening way." --Kirkus Reviews
"...Fred and Blair Sadler..., a tenacious lawyer-doctor team, share their inspiring quest to fundamentally change public policy and improve modern medicine." --BookLife Reviews
"Pluck is a memorable story of the work of two brothers on some of the twentieth century's most crucial public health and bioethics issues, ending with inspiring lessons for today's change makers." --Foreword Reviews
"The behind-the-scenes story of how twin brothers--doctor and lawyer--collaborated with scores of unsung heroes to modernize emergency medical services, help create the physician assistant profession, help write the model law for organ donation and develop other programs that save thousands of lives a year. Pluck is an inspiring model for how to lead major change--a great read, couldn't put it down." --James A. Guest, Past President and CEO of Consumers Union
"A jewel of a book full of keen insight about humane purpose, perseverance, and the power of TWO in making a lasting difference in service to others." --Leonard L. Berry, University Distinguished Professor of Marketing at Texas A&M University
"This book is full of gems on how to scale a brilliant idea into widespread adoption. The Sadler brothers have had a major impact on the health sector over the past fifty years. This is their story." --Gary Cohen, Co-Founder and President, Health Care without Harm
"A great story, very readable and well written, with lessons for us all." --Lord Nigel Crisp, Chief Executive, the National Health Service, England 2000-2006
"The Sadler brothers were there at the beginning, shaping the early days of bioethics and drafting seminal legislation governing organ transplantation. In this charming account, they demonstrate how individuals can make a difference, offering a wise prescription for a new generation of leadership." --Joseph J. Fins, M.D., Professor of Medical Ethics and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College
"The authors demonstrate how the repeated sharing of ideas in a transparent manner can increase the investment of others in the need for change and affect the lives of many Americans. " --Carl Fasser, Past President, Physician Assistant Education Association, Professor and Program Director, PA Program Baylor College of Medicine
"In this comprehensive report of their journey to enhance health care for the public good, the Sadlers have captured the worth and value of teamwork. The lessons learned are shared for all of us who aspire to improve relationships in our work." --Loretta C. Ford, PNP, EdD, Co-founder of the first Nurse Practitioner Program in 1965, University of Colorado
"The authors' stories challenge and empower us to identify comparable decisions and opportunities in our own lives. This book inspires and equips." --Megan Mayer, Author, Retired Lawyer, Consultant at Network for Impact
"This book is a testament to Pluck--risk taking, teamwork, persistence, creativity, and luck. Their lessons learned provide very valuable wisdom gained from decades of life in the trenches, with skin in the game." --Donald Pedersen PHD, PA past President of the Physician Assistant Education Association and Past Director of the University of Utah Medex PA Program
"Over the course of 5 decades, Fred and Blair Sadler have virtually defined synergism in their pursuit of worthwhile goals. From early on in their careers, they parlayed serendipitous encounters and bold actions that took them into numerous important 'rooms where it happened'--resulting in laws, movements, and novel career pathways that changed America's healthcare system for the better." --Laurence H. Beck, MD Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine