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"A searing, poignant and cautionary tale. This book has really shaken me. I urge everyone to read it...."

"I am on my second reading of this book. It is truly astonishing."

"It is a book about big business, the drug and medical products business, teaching hospitals, and much, much, more..."

About the Author

Dan Walter is a writer and political consultant who lives in Maryland.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456471600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456471606
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,418,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DAN WALTER BIOGRAPHY
Dan Walter is the author of Collateral Damage: A Patient, a New Procedure, and the Learning Curve, a compelling behind the scenes look at the corrupting corporate influence on America's health care system. Dr. David Mayer said in a review that "... this book should be required reading for all resident physicians and health science students entering the field."

Dan has served as Communications Director for US Senator Herb Kohl and the American News Network. He has worked as a political consultant with Democratic strategist Joe Trippi. He is a member of the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project, collaborating with patient safety advocates to reduce harm from preventable medical errors.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Janice Pitts on June 5, 2013
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Mr. Walter is posting his book on various medical blogs which has done nothing more than frighten patients who are good candidates for ablation. He was finally kicked off the most reputable site. I read this detailed attack and feel its purely a vendetta. His wife was not a good candidate for ablation and was told so. She went into the procedure with a faulty pacemaker in place, one not installed at Johns Hopkins. The pacemaker leads were not placed right and already burning her atria causing her pain. In addition, her procedure was done over 10 years ago when ablation was in its infancy. Many well respected electrophysiologists were still learning and experimenting with different catheters. Mr. Walter and his wife, a registered cardiac nurse, were told this. She insisted on the ablation.

Bottom line, do not let this book frighten you. Talk to your physician first. The catheters in use now have a high safety margin and both Johns Hopkins and MUSC are getting good results and cure rates. I personally know Dr. J. Marcus Wharton at MUSC and find Mr Walter's remarks about him to be untrue. He sits on every clinical trial and is extremely cautious.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By EHottois on January 7, 2011
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I am a medical malpractice defense attorney. I read Mr. Walter's book because I wanted to hear a patient's viewpoint. I defend physicians, and think 90% of the lawsuits are frivolous. There is no guarantee. I took it for granted that patients realized that residents, without much experience, would be performing most of the surgery at our teaching hospitals. Of course, doctors must practice in order to be more skilled, but practice on whom -- your family? Mr. Walter brilliantly tells the story of how one of the foremost teaching/research hospitals in the country practiced on his wife without disclosing that they were doing so. I was riveted, and ultimately ashamed of what is an all too common practice. I highly recommend this book. It is a well-written study of one person's experience at the hands of the most exhalted research hospital in our country. I wish that all of the physicians at Johns Hopkins would read it, and realize that their patients are not research rats.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ziggy on January 17, 2014
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This is an outstanding book. Rarely does an author so courageously stare into the mouth of the lion to expose truths of the medical profession that need to be told, and from a first hand perspective. Should be required reading for both patients and anyone in the medical field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heightsmomma on June 16, 2014
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Along with John James "A Sea of Broken Hearts", this book should be read by anyone considering invasive heart procedures. I had to stop reading several times, in order to walk around my house---it is unbelievable what this family endured.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Mancuso on July 7, 2013
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I just finished reading Collateral Damage: A Patient, a New Procedure, and the Learning Curve. I am a nurse who works in the cardiovascular field and I found this book gripping. It was astonishing to read about atrial fibrillation and its treatment options from a patient's perspective. This book demonstrates that the way informed consent is obtained and understood in this country is less than optimal. Mr. Walter's documentation of the events appears to be thorough and true. If a catastrophic event such as this can occur in one of the most esteemed medical centers in the USA, it tells me we all have a long way to go to achieve safe and effective patient care with positive outcomes.

This book will be of interest to anyone with a medico-legal and/or a medico-ethical concern. I learned a lot from this account. The next time I witness an informed consent, I will make sure the patient understands exactly what is going to occur, who will be performing the procedure, and that ALL of the risks are laid out in plain English.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Barwick on May 16, 2013
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Even though this book reads like a thriller, it is all too real. Having worked in the medical device industry for over 20 years, I can attest to the unseemly and cozy relationship between medical professionals and device companies. The author certainly has a point of view in the book but I came away believing that the book was overall well balanced and his contentions were supported by evidence.
In recent years, the FDA has been cracking down on payments made to doctors by device companies and recent regulations have been fairly effective in limiting those payments. Informed consent however is another matter. Books like Collateral Damage highlight the lax regulations concerning these disclosures. Informed consent should be open, clear and unambiguous. Hopefully books like this and others will help bring focus to this need so patients can feel confident they understand what they are getting into.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie G. Aarne on August 25, 2013
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This book captures the interest of the reader and answers questions before you even have a chance to ask them!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Captain on September 23, 2012
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Dan Walter relates what DID happen, not what could happen in his book about the real life experience at one of the nations leading research hospitals.

Their experience and pain is a heads up to maybe stop this from happening to you.

One man tries to help his wife and get to the bottom of how this could happen. It reads like a medical thriller, but unfortunately is true. A fight against medical ego, corruption, payback by the corporations who exploit the medical work and the very powerful medical institutions.

This is a must read for anyone who is a consumer of medical resources or works for them.
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