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Australian GPs to pay £50 000 for wrong diagnosis

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 05 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1086
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    In Australia two brothers who practised as GPs have been ordered to pay substantial damages to a patient in whom they diagnosed terminal cancer, with only 12 months to live, when in fact he was perfectly healthy.

    Mr Maxwell Husband consulted Dr Michael Bar-Mordecai in May 1995 with a back injury, and after an x ray examination he was told he had cancer of the spine, lungs, and colon and that chemotherapy would be hopeless. For the next two years Mr Husband, who was …

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