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Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes That Kill and Injure Millions of Americans Hardcover – May, 2003
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Were any other industry guilty of killing the same amount of people per year -- conservative estimates put it at 98,000 per annum; which is the equivalent of one jumbo jet airliner crashing each day, every day throughout the year, year after year, unchecked -- we'd have Congressional inquiries and public demands for accountability and safety, in the same way we demand it of the aviation and chemical process industries.
The healthcare delivery industry touches every person's life and demands no less scutiny and accountability. We need national standards for safety, recognized protocols for handling accidents and 'near misses,' root cause analysis of medical-induced deaths and disabilities and plans for continuous improvement by providers. Most importantly, as this book reveals, we need the system to weed out bad doctors and recognize those who are providing excellent, commited service to the public.
This book puts a face on this pervasive epidemic -- takes the deaths and injuries out of front page, "it will never happen to me" sensationalism and puts it squarely in our own doctors' offices and community hospitals where a broken system continues to harm us and our loved ones without any clamor for improvement.
This book is a wake-up call for reform. I hope it has the same impact on the quality of medical care in this country as "Silent Spring" had on improving the health of our planet. Buy this book and read it today! Then get your Congressman/woman on the phone and demand full disclosure and accountability!
This book also gives great advice on what to do to prevent medical errors from happening to you or a loved one.
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Decided I had to have this book after a friend told me of an ongoing battle with our arrogant weight loss surgeon got away with malpractice from leaving surgical equipment in her... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ellen
One would have to be separated from society and the media to be unaware of the fact that medical errors happen and can be hidden for a time despite the effect of that error. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jan
I'm not sure whether this is the most frightening book I've ever read or the most depressing. Maybe both. The problem is not the book itself, which should be read by everyone. Read morePublished 11 months ago by jiffy
While Wall of Silence does address the dark side of medical errors and how terribly the lives of the victims and their families are affected, the story lacks the gruesome details... Read morePublished 20 months ago by impartial1
In order to win at a game, you must know the rules. When they are hidden, players lose. Rosemary Gibson helps break the wall of silence and empower patients and loved ones.Published on April 9, 2014 by Randi Oster
Thus was a very good book. However the truth is a little scary. I think everyone should read this book to become more aware of our medical system.Published on January 5, 2014 by Susan Messera
Hope this book is interesting to read. Its one of my required textbooks for my last semester in nursing school. Just glad it was an affordable price.Published on December 27, 2013 by Mariana