Why Even Good Doctors Make Mistakes: An Anecdotal Introduction to Medicine
Today, life expectancy in the United States is expected to reach 78 years, a marked increase when compared with life expectancy in 1935, which was just 62 years. Progress in medical knowledge and applied technologies have advanced quickly, yet medical errors have caused health care costs to skyrocket, medical litigation to increase significantly, and disharmony between doctors and patients to become a major issue. Dr. Jack Hasson, MD, a pathologist since 1951, shares his collection of actual case studies spanning nearly fifty years. In chronological sequence, Dr. Hasson presents anecdotes that were often used as instructive yet popular teaching material for medical students because of their exciting and unexpected outcomes, which resulted in emotional responses in the students. The anecdotes provide an introduction to medicine but also highlight the problems that often lead to the wrong diagnosis and illustrate why immense voids in knowledge cause errors as well as unexpected acts of nature that often dictate how a certain disease will behave in a particular patient. "Why Even Good Doctors Make Mistakes" will help you better understand both disease and the realities of a medical practice, ultimately enhancing your appreciation for not only the capabilities of doctors, but also their limitations.
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