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Another M.D. Blogs His Malpractice Trial

Remember Flea? He was the Boston-area pediatrician who anonymously blogged his own medical-malpractice trial, only to be unmasked in open court. Well, now another M.D. is scratching the itch to blog his med-mal trial, as Erik Turkewitz notes at New York Personal Injury Law Blog.

The emergency-room doctor known only as Whitecoat posted the first of his trial entries on Monday. Not surprisingly, the very first comment his post received was from someone who perhaps remembered Flea's fate: "I know you feel the need to vent but for your own sake, stop here and do not discuss this case in public."

That comment and others like it prompted a second-day post described as a disclaimer. As it turns out, Whitecoat is not live-blogging the trial but writing about it in retrospect. "I know all about Flea and don't intend to repeat history," Whitecoat wrote.

The story I will tell is a story that needs to be told. I’m past it now. I’ve licked my wounds and they are healed. It isn’t about me any more. It’s about every other health care professional who has been on the receiving end of a summons who doesn’t know what to feel and who doesn’t know where to turn. You aren’t a bad person. Even if you made an error, you’re human. Sometimes I wish patients could understand that more.

Given that we now know that this doctor is writing about his trial after the fact, can we surmise how the trial turned out? My guess is that the case went in the doctor's favor, or else Whitecoat would not be starting down the blogging path.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 3, 2009 at 01:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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