About the series

Four LA Times reporters and a photographer spent a year systematically examining long-troubled Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, founded with high aspirations after the Watts riots.

This series, in five parts, covers the severity of the hospital's recurring medical lapses, its managerial shortcomings and the political conditions that have thwarted effective reform.

Deep trouble: A hospital inspired by the civil rights movement fails - sometimes kills - those it was meant to serve.

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The myth of poverty: King/Drew isn't underfunded. It's mismanaged.

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Unheeded warnings: How one pathologist got hired and remained on staff despite misdiagnoses and legal woes.

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Broad failure: Beyond individual workers' shortcomings, whole departments are in disarray.

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Timidity at the top: The county Board of Supervisors shies away from reform, paralyzed by community protest and racial politics.

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Overhaul urged: County board must give up its control of King/Drew, experts say. Some also suggest closing for a time to regroup.

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The series was reported and written by Times staff writers Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein, Mitchell Landsberg and Steve Hymon. Staff photographer Robert Gauthier took the pictures.