27 December 2010

I'm thinkin', maybe there's a good reason...

...Canada has that stringent protocol for foreign trained medical doctors...

Officials in Brazil have now launched an investigation into how medical chiefs failed to realise the woman was alive and not dead when they sent her body for burial.


Anonymous said...

Not unusual unfortunately,

According to Rodney Davies, author of The Lazarus Syndrome: Burial Alive and Other Horrors of the Undead (1998), the percentage of premature burials has been variously estimated as somewhere between 1 per 1,000 to as many as 1 or 2 percent of all total burials in the United States and Europe. The percentage increases in times of pestilence or war. Premature burials of Americans during World War II and during the Vietnam War has been estimated to have been as high as 4 percent (Davies 1998, p. 133).

And it occurs irregardless of immigration status of the healthcare professional involved.

Frances said...

I rather think, Neo, that you will find this has happened in the US and Canada as well. Just google 'declared dead but alive' and read the stories.

Neo Conservative said...

"harebell says... percentage of premature burials has been variously estimated..."

hmmm... love to hear the methodology here. lemme guess, they dug up a statistical sample of graves... and looked for fingernail marks on the inside of the coffin lid?

my personal feeling here is... you get through med school, whether it's johns hopkins, or the university of togo... and then send a live body to the morgue... your next job is at the jiffy lube.