A doctor failed to see that former Tompkins County District Attorney George Dentes had heart disease, and this professional negligence led to Dentes' fatal heart attack in October 2006, his widow is alleging in a medical malpractice suit starting in county court this week.Remember, the doctor did not give this patient heart disease, God did.
Dr. Jonathan Mauser of Cayuga Cardiology Associates P.C. improperly interpreted Dentes' April 2005 stress echocardiogram, failed to suspect that Dentes had coronary artery disease and failed to recommend or perform a cardiac catheterization to confirm it, Elsie Dentes claims in the suit. Mauser and Cayuga Cardiology Associates are named as defendants.
While I do not know the circumstances surrounding the case in question, it is clear that our society increasingly accepts that all diseases are preventable, life is limitless, and all tests we perform perfect. Of course, none of these are true. Yet when something doesn't follow the Western psyche's playbook, someone has to pay. All too often, that someone is the doctor.
This, my friends, is why doctors will continue to order every test known to man... as this case exemplifies, there is simply no incentive to do otherwise.