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Gupta 1 Ankur Gupta Professor Marconi PWR 1 4 November 2004 The Malady of Malpractice When I was a kid, like the millions of others, I wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. I wanted to be rich and drive a nice car. The plan seemed fairly flawless at the time; however, that all changed when my uncle moved in to my family’s house. I was only ten years old and had spent a good portion of the last six looking up to him, a renowned cardiologist in Florida. All it took was one trivial malpractice case to end his career. His life was thrown into shambles, and he had nothing left, not even the tiniest shred of dignity. Eight years hence, he has somehow managed to become a fairly successful business consultant, but he is still nothing compared to what he could have been. Watching his medical career crumble put a serious damper on my childhood dreams. It has put a damper on several prospective medical students and graduates as well. Students and colleagues of doctors alike are becoming more and more discouraged with every new flagrant malpractice lawsuit that surfaces. With the recent publishing of the Institute of Medicine’s report on malpractice, the problems inherent in malpractice cases have been given more attention and with the increased discourse, new and clear points of view have come to the forefront. One of these emerging points of view is held by Drs. Wachter and Shojania in their book Internal Bleeding . Since both are experienced doctors,
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Gupta 2 together they share an opinion antagonistic to that of any trial lawyer and feel empathy for their fellow doctors who they feel are uselessly becoming more and more demoralized and paranoid. In their argument, they complain that, “In America, the line we have drawn tends to find fault when there is none, and to blame people instead of systems” (Wachter and Shojania 298). They continue their vociferous argument with remarks such as, “In a nutshell, our society- you know, the one that sues fast-food chains because they failed to warn people that the cheeseburgers might be fattening- has become an orgy of blame” (Wachter and Shojania 301). Their bias stems from the fact that several of their colleagues and acquaintances
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