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Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America's Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes Hardcover – May 1, 2005

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"This updated edition includes the latest findings on patient safety by two of the foremost authorities on medical mistakes.
Two dynamic physician-professors investigate (and re-investigate) the rampant errors endemic to modern medical care and suggest ways to prevent hospitals and doctors from inadvertently killing their patients. Emerging from these compelling stories and provocative insights is a powerful case for change-by policymakers, hospitals, doctors, nurses, and even patients and their families. Wachter & Shojania underscore the depth and breadth of dangers in medical care; more important, they suggest basic safety procedures and hard-nosed remedies that could make erratic systems fail-safe and save countless lives.

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""Internal Bleeding is utterly compelling. Dramatic and unflinching, it gives us both the stories of what really happens when things go wrong in medicine and the research that explains what needs to be done. The writing is clear. The ideas are startling. And the tale is important. Wachter and Shojania have written a book that matters." -Atul Gawande, bestselling author of "Complications
""Internal Bleeding is ER meets "Fast Food Nation. By pulling back the curtain to show us the hidden world of doctors and nurses, it paints a remarkable and unforgettable picture of how medical mistakes happen, and what must be done to cure this modern epidemic. It is a fascinating and essential read for both patients and medical professionals." --David Kessler, M.D., J.D., Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration, 1990-1997.
"The authors have achieved something quite special. The lay reader will journey inside the complex world of medical care today and gain an understanding of the strengths, weaknesses and humanity behind the headlines about medical errors. For any healthcare professional laboring every day to make what they do for patients better and safer, this book is invaluable. It is full of insights, learning and guidance that will help them create and keep the 'culture of safety' that hospitals must achieve for patients in spite of shrinking resources and increasingly complex technology. Read this book." --Dick Davidson, President, American Hospital Association
"Health care could be far, far safer than it is today, but not without widespread public understanding of the nature and extent of its risks. Which brings us to "Internal Bleeding-a disciplined, vivid, responsible, and appropriately disturbing exploration of the problems, and the possibilities, in patient safety. Read it, and then demand-and expect-a safer health care system." --Don Berwick, M.D., President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rugged Land (May 1, 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 441 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1590710738
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1590710739
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.69 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.9 x 1.48 x 9.1 inches
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Robert Wachter is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He coined the term "hospitalist" and is considered the father of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing medical specialty in modern times. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In 2015, Modern Healthcare magazine named him the most influential physician-executive in the U.S.

His 2015 book is "The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age." The New York Times called it "Eloquent...powerfully felt & intelligently analyzed." Abraham Verghese called it "simply brilliant" and Atul Gawande said, "I kept thinking, 'Exactly!' while reading it, and that is a measure of Wachter's accomplishment in telling the tale." In April, 2015, it reached the Times science bestseller list.

He and his wife, the author and journalist Katie Hafner, live in San Francisco.

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