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Friday, February 20, 2015

"A Mother’s Battle Against Medical Errors"

Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. die from medical errors every year. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Carole Hemmelgarn is on a mission to help medical professionals avoid errors. She says the healthcare system failed her family and her daughter.

“I had a 9-year-old daughter, named Alyssa, and she was diagnosed with leukemia on a Monday and she died 10 days later,” said Hemmelgarn.




  1. I listened to this and downloaded it on my tablet. This story almost put me in tears. I had no idea that a third leading cause of death in America are medical errors. I had no idea it was such a huge problem, but I wonder where do most medical errors come from? I think it goes back to the first article I read on the blog. Do doctors fully listen to what the patients and parents of patients are saying? Do they wait til it involves life or death to seriously listen, just like in the case of the mother in this story? I think I definitely see why the MCAT and the medical profession as a whole is changing. It's changing to better benefit patients and the changes that need to take place to have better service and understanding.

  2. After reading the newest chapter on eugenics, I believe that eugenics programs should never be mandatory. There is a point where it might be acceptable to attempt to get rid of genetic conditions like heart problems or deformities. Anything past that, and you get into trying to make "perfect" humans like hitler was doing. Any extreme eugenics program such as Hitler's would be taking it much too far.



    DQ:Is it morally right to castrate someone just because they are predisposed to certain conditions or behaviors? Is it morally wrong not to?

    FQ: (T/F) Hitler was an admirer of the eugenics program that was happening in America.