How A Coal Miner’s Autopsy Proved A Top Doctor Wrong

When a coal miner’s lungs finally gave out, his autopsy proved a top doctor was wrong — giving hope to thousands of other miners.

Source: How A Coal Miner’s Autopsy Proved A Top Doctor Wrong

Continuing the topic of medical/public health stories, BuzzFeed—of all places—has this piece about a top doctor in determining if coal workers have black lung who seems to not be that good after all.

It is an incredible tail that reveals a devastating flaw in who trusts who during these hearings.

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But I think we could, in retrospect, with 20/20 hindsight, have sent a more robust hospital infection control team and been more hands-on with the hospital from day one about exactly how this should be managed.”

Source: Second Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola At Dallas Hospital : The Two-Way : NPR

This is incredible. While Hollywood and pulp fiction loves to play up Ebola as the most-deadly virus ever discovered (it is not), it is still extremely serious. That it took the CDC “in retrospect with 20/20 hindsight” to realize they should have sent in a robust crew to help and/or manage the first “off-the-street” Ebola infection in the nation’s history is mind-blowing.

Other news reports, citing a nurses’ union report, that the hospital was, and still is, completely unprepared for the situation, including lack of proper protective equipment and numerous violations of protocol, if only half-true, are still unbelievable.