Up to 100,000 Americans die each year as a result of some form of medical mistake. And this is just the reported number of deaths. The total number of deaths and other disabilities is estimated to be triple (or more) of what's actually reported. This book takes you behind the scenes to expose heartbreaking stories of medical malpractice, careless misdiagnosis, and downright neglect on the part of health-care personnel across the country.
Victims are young and old, healthy and infirm, who innocently entrusted their lives to those who took an oath to "do no harm". Yet doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, and other medical professionals cover up mistakes every day. This is the complete story of the breadth and depth of medical mistakes.
Gibson puts real names and faces to the countless that suffer and die every day because of ineptitude, poor quality, and lack of management in a system that is badly broken. Doctors and nurses also provide first-hand accounts of what actually goes on behind the curtains, describing the mistakes that do happen, but also how terrifyingly close every practitioner is, every moment, to disaster.
©2003 Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh (P)2011 Alex Novak
"A call to arms to arms for families who have had loved ones disabled or die in the pursuit of medical treatment." (former First Lady Rosalynn Carter)
"The tragic accounts gathered here… are a warning. They remind us of the importance of being careful and alert…. Real care of the sick does not begin with costly procedures, but with the cultivation of a kind heart." (His Holiness the Dalai Lama)
"In a clear and eloquent voice, Wall of Silence reinforces an issue that the health care system has not wanted to address." (James A. Block, M.D., former CEO, Johns Hopkins Health System)
One would have to be separated from society and the media to be unaware of the fact that medical errors happen and can be hidden for a time despite the effect of that error. Whether the error is surgical or medical in nature, there have been consequences and measures instituted to effect change, but there are still problems. The general public cannot view the profession as infallible. The affected can lobby for change, not merely fiscal reparation. The patient population and their families must be vigilant, and this book will help by providing information and examples.
By narrating this book in a clear, nonjudgemental manner, Narrator Jack has provided a great service to the authors and the audio readers.
This book was given as a gift
Very enlightening how author compares medicine to other industries that handle mistakes differently. Author handled sad stories well and did not dwell on them.
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