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In a series of true stories from across Canada, this collection seeks to point out the considerable human toll that medical errors cause. Victims of medical errors and their families who speak out often do so at considerable emotional, psychological, and financial expense. But their willingness to share their harrowing stories has helped to lay the foundation for numerous patient safety programs and continues to identify problems, provide solutions, and raise awareness. These emotional and moving stories underline serious issues with medical errors while empowering patients.
Susan McIver, PhD, is the author of Medical Nightmares. She is a former professor at the University of Toronto, a former chair of the Department of Environmental Biology at the University of Guelph, and a former community coroner in British Columbia. Robin Wyndham, RN, has worked in the neonatal ICU, surgery, psychiatry, and residential care specialties as a registered nurse. They both live in Penticton, British Columbia.