Special Article
Health Care Reform
Aug 13/27, 2012

Chronicle of an Unforetold Death

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(15):1174-1177. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.2204

Writing in sorrow and anger, I express up front my potential conflict of interest in interpreting the facts surrounding the death of my wife, Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH.

Within hours after her sudden and unexpected death, I notified the dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, on whose faculty she served, that Barbara had apparently died of a coronary occlusion. He relayed the news around the world. Devoted to improving effectiveness and equity in health care, Barbara received many tributes.1