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Surgeon who pleads guilty to two charges of manslaughter and 21 of causing harm gets four years in prison

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2107 (Published 01 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2107
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

A surgeon in Germany who removed healthy body organs and made other medical mistakes resulting in the deaths of four patients has been sentenced to four years in prison to be followed by a four year ban on practising medicine.

In a plea bargain arrangement, Arnold Pier, 54, pleaded guilty in the district court in Mönchengladbach to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and 21 counts of causing bodily harm. His sentence, to be served at a minimum security prison, could end up being much less than four years …

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