The Jury’s Sense of the Thing

Two weeks ago, I ended a series of posts about the role of Senses in litigation (Taste, Touch, Smell, Sight, Hearing). About the time that I ended those, I ran across something even better. A real scientific explanation of what I was getting at – published in the Journal of Consumer Research. Here it is. So Close I Can […]


On April 4, 1997, Charles Blair wrote a letter for the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals Organization (JCAHO) to a Hospital Administrator. The JCAHO letter describes a “sentinel event” that occurred in March, during which a patient died in the Hospital Recovery Room from an overdose of concentrated medicine given by her healthcare providers […]

The Cost of Care

Dartmouth study on reigning in healthcare costs This chart on the left (in the article linked above) was originally created by the Kaiser Foundation and is now outdated (as shown in the chart on the right) – largely because the cost of drugs, medical devices and hospitalizations has skyrocketed. As a percentage, the amount we spend on primary […]


In one-quarter of the country, girls born today may live shorter lives than their mothers, and the country as a whole is falling behind other industrialized nations in the march toward longer life, according to a study just released by the Institute for Health Metrics. Life expectancy by county in the U.S. varies as much as […]

ACA Survives As Florida Legislature Debates Abolishing PIP

Last week, Congress failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act or to replace it with a bill that would have upended Americans’ access to healthcare for the second time in the last few years. As noted on this blog, the American healthcare system has been in a never-ending state of upheaval for generations. Political “fixes” […]