Surgeon jailed for infecting patients

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 08 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:896
  1. C Dyer

    A surgeon infected with hepatitis B virus who lied about his condition and knowingly put hundreds of patients at risk was jailed for a year last week, in a case that made legal history. Umesh Gaud, aged 41, of Bethnal Green, east London, pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court in London to the common law charge of causing a public nuisance. The closest precedent is thought to be the prosecution of a woman for wheeling her baby, infected with smallpox, through the streets in 1815.

    Dr Gaud, who was educated in Calcutta, falsified his curriculum vitae to secure jobs at the Royal London and London Chest Hospitals and submitted patients' blood instead of his own when …

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