WILLIAM J. FRABLE, M.D.
To the editor: I have just finished giving expert testimony in a medical malpractice case involving a pathologist who apparently made an erroneous diagnosis of oat-cell carcinoma of the lung from a single bronchial brushing from a patient who had a peripheral lung mass. On the basis of that single positive report, an oncologist had submitted the patient for 14 months of chemotherapy. At that time, I reviewed the slides on referral and believed that they showed reserve cell hyperplasia.
I am writing specifically in regard to the expert testimony given by the plaintiff's witness, an assistant professor in pulmonary
FRABLE WJ. Diagnostic Accuracy of Cytology in Oat-Cell Carcinoma. Ann Intern Med. ;100:918–919. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-6-918_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(6):918-919.
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