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We know it's important to be confident and knowledgeable when entering a doctor's office or pharmacy, and this book helps us do just that. It gives real-life stories from patients and doctors about common medical mistakes, and outlines some specific, practical steps you can tak to ensure your safety. It's great advice for you and your loved ones.
Each year, 6.1 million Americans are harmed by diagnostic mistakes, drug disasters, and medical treatments. A decade ago, the Institute of Medicine estimated that up to 98,000 people died in hospitals each year from preventable medical errors. Patient advocates and bestselling authors Joe and Teresa Graedon came face-to-face with the tragic consequences of doctors' screwups when Joe's mother died in Duke Hospital—one of the best in the world—due to a disastrous series of entirely preventable errors. In Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them, the Graedons expose the most common medical mistakes, from doctor's offices and hospitals to the pharmacy counters and nursing homes.