Medicine: A Hospital Stands Accused

But mystery still surrounds Andy Warhol's death

The scriptwriters of Quincy could not have conceived a more compelling medical drama. The country's most famous pop artist dies in a prestigious big- city hospital after a rather routine gallbladder operation. The state health department investigates and finds the hospital guilty of a range of "deficiencies," in both preparing the patient for surgery and providing follow-up care. The city's chief medical examiner fails to pinpoint the cause of death and refers the case to the district attorney for possible criminal investigation. Meanwhile the hospital cries foul, complaining that the allegations are "uniformly incorrect." It acknowledges guilt of only minor procedural...

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