Gibson R, Singh JP
Washington DC: Lifeline Press; 2003
Gibson and Singh share stories of patients who have suffered devastating injuries from medical mistakes. These stories tell of lives of pain and disability, the loss of a loved one or a livelihood, and the recurring and unreimbursed costs of being disabled or injured. They recall physicians who would not visit or communicate with an error-injured patient or family member during months of corrective therapy, surgery, rehabilitation, or bereavement. The authors analogize physicians' reluctance to disclose their errors or those of colleagues to the "thin blue line" by which police conceal brutality.