We were sent this interesting bit of information on the development of medical safety throughout history from the site Accelerated Nursing Degrees. The most striking fact listed is that the 5th leading cause of death in the United States is medical error. That's right. Your doctor is human too.
I personally had a friend who's uncle died from misdiagnoses and mistreatment. It was such a terrible, tragic event. One of those things in life that hardly makes sense. But really, we are truly lucky to live when we do when you compare our situation to the situation of people only a few centuries ago. Overall healthcare has gotten healthier by leaps and bounds and we are no living longer than ever