What Medicine Could Teach Our Flawed Justice System

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Twenty-three years ago, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a prestigious Harvard teaching hospital, killed a 39-year-old woman undergoing experimental breast cancer treatment by giving her massive overdoses of a chemotherapy drug.

She died as she was preparing to leave the hospital and go home to her two daughters, aged 7 and 3. The doctors didn’t listen to her warnings that there was something terribly wrong, and they missed tests indicating heart damage.

The medication error (four . . .

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