Carol J. Huser

Johns Hopkins ‘medical error’ study delivers false conclusion

The authors of a paper from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine wrote: “If medical error was a disease, it would rank as the third leading cause of death in the U.S.” The lay press covered the article extensively.

Hospitals and doctors report cases of death by medical error to medical examiners and coroners.

Dr. Carol J. Huser, a forensic pathologist, has served as La Plata County coroner since January 2003. Reach her at

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