Iatrogenic events, however inadvertent, change lives forever. These incidents are particularly egregious when the health care providers involved refuse to accept responsibility or acknowledge complicity. (On the advice of counsel, I’m sure.)
There are millions of doctor induced injuries other than those listed here – many far more serious and never reported. Patients who do report these events – to state medical disciplinary committees – often receive a letter saying, in effect, “Our investigation of this incident reveals no departure from approved medical practice. We consider this incident closed.”
A license to practice medicine, or dentistry, seems to provide immunity from the accountability and ethical standards which most of us try to observe.