by Sandra M. Gilbert, 364 pp, with illus, $22.50, ISBN 0-393-03721-1, New York, NY, WW Norton, 1995.
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"'It's been a month today since my collaborator's husband died, and she still hasn't been given a satisfactory explanation of what happened,' she said sternly [to Joe Tupin, MD, director of the University of California at Davis Medical Center]. 'What's going on there, anyway?'"
"'Goddamnit,' Kathy says. 'My dad's been dead for almost a month. They should have sent us a copy of the autopsy report by now, shouldn't they?'"
"But neglect of the problems of relatives, in particular the pain of those who have survived an unexpected medical calamity, is at the very least venial. For me and my children, certainly, the utter mystery that surrounded my husband's death intensified grief."
Sandra Gilbert, PhD, author of Wrongful Death, is professor of English at the University of California, Davis. Her husband, Elliot, entered the UC Davis Medical Center on February 10, 1991, and was dead of exsanguination in the recovery
Kruse JC. Wrongful Death: A Medical Tragedy. JAMA. 1995;274(18):1478-1479. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530180072038