, Volume 12, Issue 12, pp 770-775

To tell the truth

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Abstract

While moonlighting in an emergency room, a resident physician evaluated a 35-year-old woman who was 6 months pregnant and complaining of a headache. The physician diagnosed a “mixed tension/sinus headache.” The patient returned to the ER 3 days later with an intracerebral bleed, presumably related to eclampsia, and died.

Presented in part at “Examining Errors in Health Care: Developing a Prevention, Education and Research Agenda,” October 13–15, 1996, Rancho Mirage, Calif.