Pathologist cleared over failure to spot signs of abuseBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7433.186-a (Published 22 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:186
- Owen Dyer
A government pathologist has been cleared by the General Medical Council of serious professional misconduct over his failure to spot signs of abuse in the postmortem examination of a 14 month old boy (BMJ 2003;327:640).
Just two weeks after Dr Michael Curtis, assistant state pathologist for Northern Ireland, missed spotting multiple rib fractures in David Filipache, the infant's twin brother was admitted to hospital with a fractured skull.
The two baby boys were 11 months old when they were legally adopted in Romania by Geoffrey Briggs, a former missionary, and his wife …