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Medical Mistakes and mishaps

MagazineOctober 1995 (Vol. 6 Issue 7)Medical Mistakes and mishaps

The attached article is self-explanatory

Dear WDDTY:

The attached article is self-explanatory. It reminds me of a number of recent operations "botched" in the US: wrong leg removed, wrong lung removed, wrong breast removed.

Please advise your readers if they must have surgery to take a lipstick along with them to mark with arrows and an x the organ to be removed! Sonia Borgialli, Hashua, New Hampshire.....

WDDTY replies:

Thanks for the article, which discloses that a neurosurgeon at the august US institution, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, mistakenly operated on the healthy part of a cancer patient's brain after retrieving pictures of the wrong person's skull. We like your lipstick idea just make sure it's the new indelible variety!


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