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January 1, 1991 | SHARI ROAN
Doctors often downplay the surgical dangers of hysterectomies, says Dr. Herbert A. Goldfarb, author of a new book, "The No-Hysterectomy Option." Of the 1 million hysterectomies performed each year in North America, about 2,000 women die and another 240,000 experience complications. Dr. Mark Chassin, senior vice president of Value Health Sciences, a Santa Monica-based health utilization research firm that has studied medical requirements for hysterectomy, agrees with Goldfarb.
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July 6, 1997 | MARTHA GROVES
As Leslie D. Michelson sees it, one of the chief reasons society is deteriorating is the absence of community in people's lives. So when he and a like-minded entrepreneur, Jacqueline Kosecoff, decided 10 years ago to found a health services company, Michelson set two goals. First, he wanted an atmosphere in which Type A crusaders bent on reforming the nation's system of health-care delivery could thrive.
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October 1, 1988 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Medical Writer
Nine common medical errors--ranging from prescribing the wrong drugs to misdiagnosis of stroke--appear to have caused as many as 27% of all deaths from heart attack, stroke and pneumonia among hospital patients in a 12-hospital study released today. The study by two RAND Corp. researchers working with the cooperation and financial support of American Medical International of Beverly Hills is believed to be the first systematic examination of preventable hospital deaths from common conditions.
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January 1, 1991 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
The simmering dispute about the overuse of hysterectomy has triggered a major debate over the role of insurers in determining when the procedure should be performed. Long criticized as one of the nation's most over-performed surgeries, hysterectomies could be avoided from 30% to 50% of the time, according to many studies. Now, some health insurers are trying to determine the appropriateness of the 1 million hysterectomies performed each year in North America.
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