Tragedy at Brigham reveals medicine’s imperfections

 - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Source: Brigham & Women's Hospital

In light of the fatal shooting of a cardiac surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, some cardiologists are contemplating how imperfect medicine can be. While medicine has made great strides in healing difficult maladies, there are times when physicians, treatments and patients fail, writes electrophysiologist T. Jared Bunch, MD.

In the post below from his Rhythm of Life blog in Everyday Health, Bunch looks at lessons the Jan. 20 tragedy offers for dealing with patients, grief and an imperfect system.