For those of you who don't read Harper's Magazine or know about it, you should. Here's a link: www.harpers.org. It's the longest running continuously published monthly magazine in America and it's full of interesting reading material. One of its most notable sections is the Harper's Index, where each month a statistical snapshot of the world's economic, political, and cultural climate is provided. I was just leafing through next month's issue of Harper's and came across a relevant medical statistic in the Index: "Estinated number of Americans who die each year as a result of doctors' sloppy handwriting: 7000." That's absolutely crazy! I know I have bad handwriting and I do get a bit embarassed when confronted about it, but I'd be *horrified* to know that my bad handwriting lead to someone else's death. The medical community either needs to offer refresher courses in handwriting technique or move to electronic files . Any opinions on this startling statistic?