Criminal verdict outrages doctors in US

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 25 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:760

An American doctor was due to report to a prison in New York today (Saturday) to begin serving a sentence for “reckless endangerment” that resulted in the death of a patient in a nursing home.

Dr Gerald Einaugler, an internist in New York City, was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to spend 52 weekends at Rikers Island prison. His conviction in a criminal court was described by experts as “very unusual.”

In the US errors in medical judgment are usually handled through malpractice suits (civil law) …

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