Doctors' Deadly Mistakes

Medical errors kill up to 98,000 Americans yearly; a new report says that number could be cut drastically

Vincent Gargano was lucky--or so he thought. The 42-year-old Chicago postal worker's prostate cancer was detected early, and he responded well to two five-day rounds of chemotherapy at the University of Chicago. On the third and final round, however, things went terribly wrong. Instead of getting 176 g per day of one drug and 39.4 g of another, as prescribed, he was mistakenly given 176 g of the second drug as well--a massive overdose. Within five days Gargano was deaf. Then his kidneys began to fail. Then his liver shut down. And just a few months after entering the hospital with...

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