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Outliers: Quotable

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: April 20, 2013 - 12:01 am ET

“A baseball bat doesn't exist until it's isolated from a tree. But that's still the product of human invention to decide where to begin the bat and where to end the bat.”

—Gregory Castanias, a lawyer for Myriad Genetics, in oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court for a case about whether human genes can be patented.

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“We have a bonus system here that we've known has rewarded perverse behavior, but now we're able to put some real numbers on it, and it's a bigger bonus than we've ever understood.”

—Dr. Atul Gawande, a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, to CNN Money on a study he co-authored that found surgical complications can lead to higher profits at hospitals.

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