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

Physical Description:
vi, 254 pages ; 24 cm

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K4365 .M47 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Merry and McCall-Smith question the understandable, but often inappropriate, tendency to blame individuals for medical errors. They point out that the goal of safety is far better served by a sophisticated understanding of the difference between negligence and inevitable error, and by a frank recognition of just why human error occurs and how things go wrong in any complex system. 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.

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.

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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
Appendix 1
Appendix 2