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When a gravelly-voiced North Carolina politico in a Panama hat named Mack Mahoney began complaining that Duke University Hospital was covering up a potentially fatal medical mistake, the media was enthralled. Starting with local press--WRAL-TV ran a sketchy account Feb. 12--and diffusing outward, when ABC radio sent the story nation-wide the following day, the story exploded.
What we've got here is a failure to communicate, and like the first monkeys, we can start by pointing fingers.
Call them mystics - physicians at Duke University Medical Center want to tell the future. In today's scientific age, researchers are honing in on genes as tools for predicting risks for future diseases.
Adapting to the varied tugs and pulls of research demands and patient care, departments within the Medical Center are quietly ceding territory to research-focused centers and undergoing a drastic shift in purpose.
Duke Hospital officials are confident that they can fix the problems listed in recent critical reports by two health care overseers before the advent of serious consequences.
Provoking debate on issues ranging from the prevalence of medical errors to the ethics of organ transplantation procedures, the treatment and death of Jesica SantillA¡n has made the 17-year-old girl a national symbol for a host of medical causes.
Virginia to South Carolina. Cradle to grave.
Nearly two weeks after Jesica Santillan's death, internal and external investigations of Duke University Hospital continue to search for answers.
Basic science faculty members have so far expressed enthusiasm for the School of Medicine's upcoming curriculum revision, but they are also indicating wariness over the potential to sacrifice depth in basic science education for more clinical applications.
Outgoing Chancellor for Health Affairs Dr. Ralph Snyderman taught Dr. Sandy Williams more than just the complexities of medical leadership--he also taught the medical school dean how to fish. Williams reminisced about a trip to Canada last summer in which the pair fished for Northern pike, demonstrating the personal side to his 30-year relationship with Snyderman, Duke's health care impresario who will leave his position in June 2004.
Following the end of Jésica Santillán's struggles, Duke Hospital's own ordeal may be just beginning.
After two heart-lung transplants and nearly two weeks of life support, perhaps the frail body of 17-year-old Jesica Santillan just had enough.
ONLINE UPDATE (2/22/2003, 6 p.m.): Doctors at Duke University Hospital have removed Jesica Santillan from life support.
ONLINE UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): Following a second heart-lung transplant performed early Thursday at Duke Hospital, 17-year-old Jésica Santillán is off life support and being given a fighting chance.
If you fell on your head and experienced a significant loss of memory, Clinical Professor of Medical Psychiatry Scott Swartzwelder would suggest trucking you off to the hospital for an MRI. When the memory loss stems from one too many White Russians, the damage might not be quite as bad, but Swartzwelder wonders why it's considered no big deal.
Duke University Hospital admitted a "tragic error" Monday in transplanting the heart and lungs of the wrong blood type into a 17-year-old girl now in critical condition.
Confronting a demanding and uncertain future for health care professionals, the School of Medicine is preparing for whole-scale revisions to all four years of its curriculum, scheduled for implementation in fall 2004.
Anticipating the impending deadline to reform the School of Medicine's curriculum for the fall of 2004, some members of the school's Curriculum Committee are expressing frustration at the current pace of planning and the quality of the administrative leadership.
After more than a month of tense memo exchanges, Duke University Health System agreed Thursday to rate reductions by the State Employees Health Plan, which had been threatening to end its contract with DUHS effective April 30.
As AOL-Time Warner has proven, mergers can often be torturous affairs.