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Doctor Errors

The Dirty Secret About Medical Errors

Riva Greenberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

"So we can make all the laws we want and change the color of syringes, but until we address the shame, we'll never get past this problem. We won't know about the enormous number of hidden medical errors until someone dies from them."

Doctors Make Mistakes, Too

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
James Stack

While I'd like to say I haven't seen among the younger generation of doctors the arrogance once taken for granted among those from my father's, and my, generation, I have had one disappointing encounter.

The Other Victims of Medical Errors

Amy D. Waterman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Amy D. Waterman, Ph.D.

How do we reconcile our commitment to excellence in health care with the inevitability of medical errors? How can we be comforted while accepting our fallibility as humans? The words of Voltaire -- "Perfection is the enemy of the good" -- point to one possibility.

'Doctors Make Mistakes': A Commentary on Medical Errors

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I am heartened by the dawn of what is called "patient-centered care." This is far more than a slogan; it is a deep and abiding commitment by caregivers to put the patient first, foremost, in a medical care system too often organized for the convenience of caregivers and administrators.

Error, Expertise, and the Elephant in the Room

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
David Katz, M.D.

There is a macabre joke about the blindness of modern medicine's reductionistic erudition, and you have likely heard it: "The operation was a great success. Unfortunately, the patient died." That would be a whole lot funnier if it weren't so close to a perilous truth.

Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?

Brian Goldman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Brian Goldman, MD

Since January of this year, more than half a million people have seen my talk. A small number of people have (rightly) taken me to task for not doing better. But most have been incredibly supportive of my call for health professionals to talk openly about their mistakes.