Issue 33 / 2007


33 / Silence Kills: Speaking Out and Saving Lives

An unflinching look inside the American health care system

These essays present a compelling, and often frightening, look at the lack of communication and understanding currently plaguing the American health care system.

These stories explore a wide and complicated range of experiences—a doctor is pressured into sending a patient home from the emergency room but later must face his decision when the patient suddenly dies; a physician deals with the doubt brought on by a malpractice lawsuit and must come to terms with the fact that even doctors are fallible and human; a woman fights for her mother’s mental health against a system eager to over-medicate the elderly; and more—but all share one thing: a frustration with a system that hinders communication and often leads to unnecessary suffering.

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