Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Former JAMA editor: Hospitals are dangerous places

Dr. George Lundberg, past editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, has long been an advocate for patient safety.

In 1994, he published the seminal article by Dr. Lucian Leape, "Error in Medicine," and was criticized by AMA members who did not believe it and called for Lundberg's termination.

"Whose side are you on?" they asked.

Lundberg replied, "The side of science, truth, and all patients."
He recounts this experience in a new article for his blog, At Large At Medscape, at www.medscape.com.

Here's an excerpt:

"Hospitals are dangerous places. I no longer work in a hospital, and I try never to go to hospitals even to visit, unless, of course, I or my family were to become really sick and would obviously stand to benefit from hospitalization. I feel almost the same about surgicenters, free-standing emergency rooms, and urgent care facilities."


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