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A study discussed in Friday's Tennessean shows that many physicians withhold the truth from patients to avoid being held accountable through a lawsuit:

"More than half admitted describing someone’s prognosis in a way they knew was too rosy. Nearly 20 percent said they hadn’t fully disclosed a medical mistake for fear of being sued. And 1 in 10 of those surveyed said they’d told a patient something that wasn’t true in the past year."

As a trial lawyer, I'm not surprised that this many doctors are cutting corners with the truth and/or outright lying to their patients about deadly mistakes. I would wager that, among the 5% of doctors who commit the most malpractice, the percentage is much higher.

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