In 1991, the Institute of Medicine released a landmark report, which revealed that as many as 98,000 patients were dying every year owing to avoidable medical error. More recent research indicates that estimate was, if anything, a drastic understatement of the patient-safety epidemic in the US health care system.
In Malpractice , neurosurgeon and attorney Dr. Larry Schlachter makes a case that most patients enter the system without any idea of the risks they face, due to a medical culture that denies there is a patient safety problem. He argues that medical culture actively avoids transparency, perpetuates an atmosphere of blind deference to doctors, and protects dangerous doctors from any accountability.
Drawing on 23 years of experience, Dr. Schlachter provides unbelievable stories that illustrate the host of risks patients face whenever they seek diagnostic evaluation or go under the knife. This book provides an all-access pass to the inner sanctums of the health care citadel, exposing the cultural flaws that fuel doctor’s egos and outlining the steps every patent should take to protect himself or herself.
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About the Author
Larry Schlachter, DDS, MD, JD is a retired neurosurgeon and now a malpractice attorney. He lives with his family in Roswell, Georgia.
Table of Contents
I. The Reality of Patient Harm
II. Records Patients Aren't Allowed to See
II. How I Became a Doctor
IV. How Doctors Cope with Trauma
V. The Art of Medicine
VI. The Medical Conveyor Belt
VII. The Time Crunch and Other Risks We Face
VIII. The Mask of Infallibility
IX. Cover-Ups and Semantic Games
X. How Good is "Good Enough"
XI. Why Dr. Codman Got Fired
XII. The Remarkable Case of Dr. Christopher Duntsch