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.
more Coroner's Report
My teacher, a towering figure in forensic pathology and New York City‘s chief medical examiner for a quarter century including on Sept. 11, has died. Dr. Charles S. Hirsch was 79.
I met Hirsch in 1984 during my general pathology residency. I planned to be a hospital pathologist but wanted some elective training in forensic...
I learned very early in my career that some “experts” don’t know what they’re talking about.
After my general pathology residency but before I began a forensic pathology fellowship, the coroner in Peoria, Illinois, hired me to do his autopsies. I wasn’t qualified for the job, but nobody in the area had...