“Rule out every possibility…a dangerous way to practice medicine”

by Walter Olson on August 6, 2012

“None of the death certificates in these cases list ‘Fear of Being Sued’ as the cause of death.” ["Birdstrike" at White Coat, EP Monthly] “Defensive medicine is rooted in the goal of avoiding mistakes. But each additional procedure or test, no matter how cautiously performed, injects a fresh possibility of error” as well as non-erroneous harm. [Sanjay Gupta, NYT] The Gupta column drew adverse comment from plaintiff’s bloggers (and occasional Overlawyered commenters) Eric Turkewitz and Max Kennerly.