13 years old, Sabrina Shannon died a day after complications brought about by anaphylactic shock. Suspected cause of death: eating french fries served in the school cafeteria. French fries that she had eaten before, only this time the cafeteria was also serving poutine. All it would take is for the same tongs to be used in both dishes to set off Sabrina’s anaphylactic reaction to dairy. Since that tragic day, Mike and Sara Shannon have dedicated their lives to ensuring that what happened to their only daughter will never happen to another child. Sabrina was one of an estimated 1.2 million Canadians living with life-threatening allergies of which a significant number are schoolchildren.
Twenty-five years ago Leilani Muir was informed she would never be able to conceive a child. Unbeknownst to her, at the age of fourteen, she had been sterilized under the authority of an Act of the Alberta government.
Story of how the health establishment fought the Tobacco industry for a new tobacco act and the counter measures taken by the tobacco industry to protect its profits. Deals with the continuation if tobacco advertising through sponsorship of arts and sports events, with the tobacco taxes and with cigarette smuggling.
A documentary which focuses on the legal, moral, social, and psychological aspects of abortion in the United States. Presents clergy, lawyers, and physicians who hold diametrically opposed views and tells of specific cases of abortion.
A panel of medical experts discuss the ethics of doctor-patient relationships. Using the case of a young woman who is diagnosed as having cancer and who subsequently becomes pregnant, the panelists discuss how much the patient should be told, who is in charge of selecting medical treatment, and whether doctors should allow their patients to commit suicide.
Dramatically illustrates how small medical failures build on each other. It helps organizations
foster an increased understanding about a systems approach to patient safety. Engenders discussion about a systems based approach to safety in health care and the ways in which small systems failures can combine to produce serious, adverse patient events.
John Stossel examines how trial lawyers are profiting from personal injury lawsuits and how the medical profession works with the fear of these potential lawsuits. Stossel looks at the career of Senator John Edwards, a former trial lawyer and interviews Richard Scruggs, one of America’s richest trial lawyers.
A panel of medical experts and a U.S. Supreme Court justice discuss the ethics of medical research. The panelists consider how competition for prizes and profits may lead to secrecy and lack of cooperation, the possibility that some tests may harm volunteers, and the need to test new drugs balanced against the needs of people desperate for treatment.
Also available on DVD at RA395 A3 S53 2007 DVD LAW. Michael Moore interviews Americans who have been denied treatment by the United States health care insurance companies -- companies who sacrifice essential health services in order to maximize profits. Sheds light on the how complicated it can become for communities and individuals, and the sacrifices they have made when they are denied health care coverage.