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Doctor accused of drugging, experimenting on, and sexually exploiting military trainees

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3207 (Published 11 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3207
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

A US physician who provided medical training to troops in the United States and the United Kingdom has had his license suspended after he allegedly had medical students and military officers perform invasive medical procedures on each other without supervision, administered drugs such as ketamine to students, in some cases without their consent, conducted “shock labs” in which blood was withdrawn from students to induce hypovolemia, and exploited at least one student “for personal gain and sexual gratification.”

The allegations, first reported by Reuters, were documented in an order of summary suspension issued in March by the Virginia Board of Medicine.1 The physician, John Henry Hagmann, a former US army doctor, provides training for trauma and medical care in combat situations through his company, Deployment Military International, which is based in Gig Harbor, Washington. The Reuters report said that Hagmann had trained thousands of soldiers and medical personnel on how to treat wounds in combat situations since his retirement in 2000 and that his company has received more than $10.5m (£6.8m; €9.3m) in business from the federal government.

The company’s website says, “The mission of DMI is …

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