THE DISTURBING CASE OF THE CURE THAT KILLED THE PATIENT

A DEATH AT A BOSTON HOSPITAL RAISES THE QUESTION, ARE FRAZZLED DOCTORS MAKING TOO MANY FATAL MISTAKES?

If anyone knew how to get the best medical treatment, it was Betsy Lehman. A health columnist who had worked at the Boston Globe since 1982, she had covered everything from leading-edge research to the finer points of a physician's bedside manner. When she learned she had an advanced case of breast cancer, she carefully studied her options and chose to undergo an experimental treatment offered at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a prestigious hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Tragically, the 39-year-old mother of two died in December. But as a front-page story in the Globe disclosed last week, her death...

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