Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: Dr Starfield1
relates the poor quality of US public health to often-quoted statistics about
medication errors and other iatrogenic causes of death. The statistics on
iatrogenic deaths are extrapolations based on limited reviews of adverse drug
reaction forms, and their accuracy is questionable.2
More important, these statistics are used without any reference to the type
of patients experiencing these adverse events.
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