The four pedestrians never saw it coming. Around 11:45 p.m on June 15, 2013 on a road in Burleson, Texas (a suburb of Fort Worth), the driver of a stranded SUV and three people who had stopped to help her change a flat tire were killed when 16-year-old Ethan Couch smashed into them with his red pickup truck. Seven other teens were in the truck with him. Drunk, and driving 70 ...

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For at least two decades doctors, caregivers, the people they care for, and advocates have deplored the term patient or have been exposed to the arguments of those who deplore it. “Patient” has few defenders in an age in which Western consumers of health care insist on an equal voice in the management of their afflictions, and loathe ceding all power to those who are dispensing relief. This blog recently ...

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