Condition Critical: Code of Silence

Number 16273
Subject Doctors
Source WTLV-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.)
State FL
Year 1999
Publication Date Nov. 8-11, 1999
Summary WTLV TV-12 "examined the code of silence among doctors, exposed examples of the medical risks it poses to patients and ultimately showed the economic downside for physicians whenever they break that code of silence. ... in one case.. Jacksonville's largest provider of cardiovascular services, St. Vincent's Medical Center, allowed its Chief of Cardiac Surgery to operate on patients despite a severe drinking problem spanning more than a decade ... a drinking problem widely known to the hospital's administration and medical staff.... Our series of investigative reports uncovered a pattern of unchecked power, corruption, cover-up, criminal conduct... even death in the O-R."
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Pages 28
Keywords VIDEOCLIP TAPE TRANSCRIPT; lawsuit; impairment; malpractice; treatment mistakes
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