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