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Wall of Silenceby Rosemary Gibson
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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 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.
Book News Annotation:
Health consultant Gibson and economist Singh describe how medical mistakes, lax procedures, and other incompetencies endanger and harm patients in the U.S. health care system. Throughout, they attempt to personalize the topic by describing the stories of individuals who have been caused harm through medical mistakes. They demand that these problems be seen as both organizational and policy problems. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A call to arms for families who have had loved ones disabled or dying in the pursuit of medical treatment...Well written and researched ...highlights this timely topic in a unique way that will evoke the reader's own experience. --Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter
Gibson uses dozens of real-life stories to illustrate how medical errors can and do happen anywhere in the medical process, from diagnosis through treatment.
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