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Medical Errors, the Third-Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

According to the British Medical Journal, medical error is the cause of more than a quarter of a million deaths in the U.S. each year, but it likely that the number is higher. It A New York Times article about the subject noted that medical error is not reported as a cause of death on death certificates, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does list medical error as a category in its annual reports on death.

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