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Title:
Errors, medicine, and the law
Author:
Merry, Alan.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
vi, 254 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780521806312

9780521000888
Format :
Book

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Central Library K4365 .M47 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Untoward injuries are unacceptably common in medical treatment, at times with tragic consequences for patients. The phrases 'an epidemic of error' and 'the medical toll' have been coined to describe this problem of 'iatrogenic harm', which it has been suggested may have contributed to 98,000 deaths per year in the US. Some of these incidents are the result of negligence on the part of doctors, but more usually they are no more than inevitable concomitants of the complexity of modern healthcare. This book is fundamentally about distinguishing the former from the latter. Although medicine is used as the book's primary example, the points made apply equally to aviation, industrial activities, and many other fields of human endeavour. The book advocates a more informed alternative to the blaming culture which has increasingly come to dominate our response to accidents, whether in the medical field or elsewhere.


Author Notes

Alexander McCall Smith was born on August 24, 1948 in Zimbabwe. He was a professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh, but he left in 2005 to focus on his writing. He has written over 60 books, including specialist academic titles including Forensic Aspects of Sleep and The Criminal Law of Botswana, short story collections including Portuguese Irregular Verbs, and children's books including The Perfect Hamburger. He is best known for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. He also writes the Corduroy Mansions, Isabel Dalhousie and 44 Scotland Street series.

He has received numerous awards, including The Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library Award and the 2004 United Kingdom's Author of the Year Award. His book, The Full Cupboard of Life, received the Saga Award for Wit in the United Kingdom. In 2007, he received a CBE for his services in literature.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

1 Explanations for the success of conservative religions
2 The appeal of conservative protestantism in the early-modern United States
3 Spirited church
4 Truth church
5 Caring church
6 Open church
7 Conclusion
Tables
Appendix 1
Appendix 2

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