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January 19, 2000

CrimeBlind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor Get Away With Murder

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2000;283(3):403-404. doi:10.1001/jama.283.3.403

James Stewart has chosen an apt title for his book Blind Eye. In medicine, we rely on the senses for almost everything we do—from the touch of a patient's hand to the sounds of his breathing to the look on his face when we tell him a diagnosis. When our hands are numb or our eyes don't see well, we can be led astray. And this is what Stewart argues happened to the medical community in the case of Michael Swango, a physician who is accused of murdering at least 35 patients in an 18-year career.

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