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November 1, 2000

How Many Deaths Are Due to Medical Errors?

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(17):2187. doi:10.1001/jama.284.17.2184

To the Editor: Dr McDonald and colleagues1 and Dr Leape2 discussed the recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report about medical errors.3 I am concerned, however, that deaths due to errors may mean different things to different people.