Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes That Kill and Injure Millions of Americans

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Medical mistakes occur with alarming frequency in this country. Nightly newscasts and daily newspapers tell of botched surgeries, mistaken patient identities, careless overdoses, and neglected diagnoses. You may have dismissed these stories as unfortunate mistakes, misunderstandings, or just isolated incidents with the occasional bad doctor.

Wall of Silence reveals that these medical mistakes are not rare incidents with the occasional bad doctor. In fact, the real-life stories ...

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Overview


Medical mistakes occur with alarming frequency in this country. Nightly newscasts and daily newspapers tell of botched surgeries, mistaken patient identities, careless overdoses, and neglected diagnoses. You may have dismissed these stories as unfortunate mistakes, misunderstandings, or just isolated incidents with the occasional bad doctor.

Wall of Silence reveals that these medical mistakes are not rare incidents with the occasional bad doctor. In fact, the real-life stories in this book show that medical mistakes are increasing in frequency—and worse, that the system is designed more to cover up these errors than prevent them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895261120
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Pages: 259
  • Sales rank: 572,639
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 Breaking the Silence
1 Shattering Losses 3
2 The Human Face of Medical Mistakes 15
3 A Million Deaths a Decade 41
4 What Is a Medical Mistake? 59
Pt. 2 Why Do Medical Mistakes Happen?
5 Breeding Grounds for Error 77
6 "A Nurse Saved My Life" 99
7 Death by Decimal 117
Pt. 3 The Silent White Line
8 A Culture of Coverup 135
9 Don't Ask, Don't Tell 155
Pt. 4 Courage to Change the Things We Can
10 Making Health Care Safe 171
11 Honesty, Healing, and Hope 183
12 Taking Matters into Their Own Hands 203
13 Brick by Brick: Tearing Down the Wall 221
14 Protecting Yourself 239
Notes 247
Index 253
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