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Resource ID: #18574
Subject: Medicine
Source: Free Press (Burlington
Date: Dec. 9-12, 2001



The Burlington Free Press tells the story of Lois Tarczewski, a Windsor woman who became a quadriplegic after her doctor, C. Frederick Lord, botched an operation on her spine. This case reveals "how Vermont's doctors practice in a world shielded from public scrutiny" -- Lord had been sued for malpractice many times before he operated on Tarczewski. But she never was able to learn of Lord's checkered past because of strict confidentiality rules, sealed court settlements and the local medical community's unwillingness to turn in one of their own.

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