Finding a silver lining: the importance of documenting medical tragedies

Judith A. Wiener

Abstract


The radiation overexposure tragedy at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital impacted hundreds of patient lives and made a lasting impression on the regulation and oversight of the use of radiation medicine on a national level. Archival documentation of the incident and the current-day importance of the data collected during and after the event is discussed and highlights many of the reasons why the history of past medical disasters matters to us today.

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Medical History; Medical Tragedies; Columbus, OH; Archives; Radiation Overexposure

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2018.408

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