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UK Autopsy Study of Misdiagnosis


New Scientist reports on yet another study showing high rates of misdiagnosis in emergency rooms. In a UK study at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital by Fang Gao Smith, a review of autopsies performed on deaths after treatment in the ER, 39% of the autopsies showed that major problems had been missed. Of 38 autopsies examined, only 17 were completely correct. Conditions that were missed in the ER included heart attacks, cancer and pulmonary embolism. 1

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    1. Wrong diagnoses are killing patients, New Scientist, 18 February 2004.


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