Erling Segest

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All known deaths resulting from poisoning with Dextropropoxyphene (n = 234) in the Municipality of Copenhagen during the period 1982 to 1989 were surveyed. The deaths were found to have occurred in a group characterized by social stress and abuse. A decline was observed in the annual number of deaths after 1985. The influence that the health authorities(More)
A cohort of 169 opiate drug addicts was followed for 8 years. The mortality rate was 3.3 per year. The average lethality per observation year was found to be higher than in other studies. The treatment with methadone was unstable and only 11% had received stable prolonged maintenance treatment. It is not possible to reject a model that described increasing(More)
Information was obtained from all the county constabularies regarding deaths and medical attention given to those in police custody. It was presumed that this information covered all deaths in custody in Denmark during the period 1981 through 1985. There is no apparent increase in the absolute number of deaths during detention during the period 1969 through(More)
The sale of dextropropoxyphene is rising in Denmark, and the number of both fatal and non-fatal cases of poisoning with dextropropoxyphene is similarly rising. A total of 124 fatal and 297 non-fatal hospitalized cases of poisoning caused by dextropropoxyphene were reported to the National Board of Health in 1984. These figures are judged to be minimum(More)
Treatment protocols have not been well-defined, and may comprise anything from mere instructions regarding simple procedures to guide-lines for the treatment of the whole course of a disease. The discussion about treatment protocols has continued on since the 70's, and the system has been introduced into the Health Service of a number of countries. Those in(More)
The processing of patients complaints of alleged medical errors comprises two main elements: the definition of the medical standard and general legal aspects, particularly the submission of evidence. On the basis of laws, chiefly the Health Act, several judicial theories are presented together with empirical studies and usage pertinent to the problem of(More)