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  1. JamesPow
    December 16, 2018 @ 6:09 pm

    From here Bezruchka compares this number of dead to the September h attacks (one would need to occur every four days to keep pace), and introduces my favorite phrase: structural violence. He gives personal examples of poor outcomes that needn t be; examples not from his medical practice, but just people he knows. His sister-in-law bleeding to death on an operating table from a cancer surgery. Had she not had the surgery, she would likely still be here today. His next door neighbor having liver surgery in a top-ten hospital and also dying in a similar situation.

  2. JamesPow
    December 16, 2018 @ 9:22 am

    Stephen Bezruchka opens his talk with an analogy about a town on the coast, with great hot springs that attract many tourists. The road leading to the town affords a breathtaking view, but comes perilously close to the edge of some cliffs before turning left into town occasionally cars plummet over the edge. Enough cars begin to fall over the edge that the town leaders get together and hire experts and consultants to figure out what can be done. After studies and analysis, the answer is found, and the town leaders announce they will build a state-of-the-art trauma center at the bottom of the cliff.

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