Thursday, June 08, 2006

Incompetent expert witness for government in Pennsylvania prosecution of doctor

Maia Szalavitz writes for The Huffington Post that in the Erie, PA trial of Dr. Paul Heberle (that I noted last week was reported by Maia for Reason Online), the commonwealth's expert witness, in reviewing the chart (the medical record) of a patient with AIDS, insisted that the common abbreviation of a very common, often fatal AIDS complication, pneumocystis carinii pneumonia -- PCP, was really the illegal drug, PCP. And the commonwealth's witness insisted that good medical practice would have been to deny the AIDS patient any more medical care!!

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