Gynaecologist acquitted in hysterectomy case

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 06 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:11
  1. Clare Dyer

    A British gynaecologist has been acquitted of performing an illegal abortion after he went ahead with a hysterectomy while suspecting the patient was pregnant.

    Reginald Dixon, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at King's Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was found not guilty unanimously by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court on 21 December. He had been charged under section 58 of the 1861 Offences against the Person Act, introduced to combat backstreet abortionists, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

    Mr Dixon was carrying out a hysterectomy on Barbara Whiten, then aged …

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