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Closing Death's Door: Legal Innovations to End the Epidemic of Healthcare Harm

Michael J. Saks and Stephan Landsman


Closing Death’s Door explores innovative legal strategies to address the challenge of medical error. In the United States today, several hundred thousand patients die in hospitals each year because of errors in medical treatment—the nation’s third leading cause of death. The legal mechanism designed to deal with this epidemic of injury and death is the medical malpractice system. It has failed to stem the tide of iatrogenic harm. Among the reasons are the costliness of the malpractice system, its availability to only a minuscule percentage of those harmed, and decades of “tort reform” efforts ... More

Keywords: healthcare system, iatrogenic harm, legal innovations, medical error, medical malpractice system, regulation, surveillance, systems approach, technology, tort reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190667986
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190667986.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Saks, author
Regents' Professor of Law and Psychology, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Stephan Landsman, author
Emeritus Professor of Law, DePaul College of Law