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(3/23/06) - Celebrities and Medical Malpractice -John Ritter
In March 2006, the wife and four children of actor John Ritter, who died in 2003 at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, reached a settlement with the hospital for his death.  The family alleged that doctors misdiagnosed his condition as a heart attack and failed to provide proper treatment for the tear in his aorta, which led to his death.  Ritter was best known for his role as Jack Tripper on the sitcom "Three's Company."  "John Ritter Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled," Associated Press, March 15, 2006; Robert Welkos, "John Ritter's Family Files Lawsuit Against Hospital," Los Angeles Times, September 10, 2004.  Read the full story here.

(3/16/06) - Mediocre doctoring the norm
Study: Proper care given just 55 percent of the time. 

Washington-U.S. patients receive proper medical care from doctors and nurses only 55 percent of the time, regardless of their race, income, education or insurance status, according to a national study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Click  here for full story.

(3/13/06) - Retired Supreme Court Justice hits attacks on courts and warns of dictatorship.  Clickhere for full story.