To err is human -- and let's not forget it

Croskerry, Pat
March 2010
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/23/2010, Vol. 182 Issue 5, p524
Academic Journal
The article presents a reprint of the article "To err is human — and let's not forget it," which appeared at the website of the "Canadian Medical Association Journal" (CMAJ) www.cmaj.ca. It notes poet Alexander Pope's line "To Err is Human" from the book "An Essay on Criticism" which had a big impact in the history of patient deaths in the U.S. It adds that errors in the health care system are inevitable because of several human factors including bias, tunnel vision and overconfidence.


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