Doctor charged after hysterectomy on pregnant woman

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 01 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:828
  1. C Dyer

    A consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist has been charged with unlawfully procuring a miscarriage after going ahead with a hysterectomy operation on a woman who proved to be 11 weeks' pregnant.

    Reginald Dixon, of Kingsmill Hospital, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, has been charged under the rarely used section 58 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, introduced to combat backstreet abortions. It carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

    Mr Dixon, who is to appear before magistrates at Mansfield on 16 November, performed the operation in March 1993 on Barbara Whiten …

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