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Jury Duty? I’ll Gladly Serve

Not long ago, I was called for jury duty. Although I was busy, I consider jury duty to be part of my civic responsibility and I did not try to avoid it. Well, another reason is that in my state, it is just about impossible to...

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Why Malpractice Claims Take Forever To Be Resolved

Two recent papers have prompted me to ask myself the question, “Why do malpractice suits take so long to be resolved?” One was by a group from Harvard, USC and the RAND Corporation. They looked at more than 10,000 closed...

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Physician Decision-Making: Damned If You Do…

Here’s a little story from the early days of my first job as a chairman of surgery. Shortly after I assumed the role of surgical chairman in a community teaching hospital at the ripe old age of 40, and having absolutely no...

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An Error Occurred. Suspend All Surgery in the U.S.?

Here is an extreme “system error” type of response to an event that seems to have been a human error. According to CBS News: “Mowing at all national parks has been suspended indefinitely because of safety concerns after a...

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