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Karen Boe Gatlin

Medical Malpractice: The Risks of Prescribing Accutane

Accutane is a drug commonly used to treat acne, a troublesome but non lethal skin condition. Therefore, the benefits of Accutane must be carefully weighed against its risks. Both precribing…

Donald A. Caminiti

Medical Malpractice Resulting in Brain Injured Child

The AP recently reported that a jury has awarded the parents of a brain-damaged boy $11.4 million following a three week trial in a medical malpractice case.
The injured boy’s parents claimed in a…

Karen Boe Gatlin

Medical Malpractice: Prevention of Bed Sores

Almost all besores are preventable. The occurrence of a bedsore is now a never event; that is, the treatment will not be covered by Medicare as it is considered a totally preventable occurrence. A…

Karen Boe Gatlin

Medical Malpractice or Complications?

When a patient, a physician herself, underwent hysterectomy, her doctor told her that the recovery time would be short, about a week. Not so. Four months and three surgeries later as well as…

Donald A. Caminiti

Medical malpractice in children

Medical errors pose a greater threat to children than to adults for a number of reasons, according to a report in the New York Times. They are physically small, and their kidneys, liver and immune…

Karen Boe Gatlin

The Poor Record of the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners

Dr. Joseph Gluck, a New Jersey pediatrician, was the former director of the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners from 1998 to 2006. It was therefore surprising to hear him recently state that the…

Donald A. Caminiti

Arthoscopic knee surgery … and unnecessary procedure?

According to a recent story in the New York Times, thousands of patients each year may be undergoing unnecessary arthroscopic knee surgery, say two studies published in this week’s…

Donald A. Caminiti

Medical Doctors Concede that Lawsuits Serve as a "Vital Deterrent" for Consumers

Top doctors who run one of the most influential U.S. medical journals are giving the U.S. Supreme Court some unsolicited legal advice about a major case.
Lawsuits can serve as "a vital deterrent"…

Karen Boe Gatlin

Concierge Medicine

Some doctors have decided to limit their practice of medicine to patients who pay directly for treatment and do not require physicians to submit forms and other paperwork to insurance companies….

Donald A. Caminiti

Medical Errors Dangerously Common

So-called “never events,” the most serious types of medical errors, occurred at least once every six days in Utah hospitals during 2007, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Among the 57…