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Q: Before signing the death certificate had you taken the man's pulse? -- A: No.
Q: Did you listen for a heart beat? -- A: No.
Q: Did you check for breathing? -- A: No.
Q: So when you signed the death certificate you hadn't taken any steps to make sure the man was dead, had you?
A: Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was sitting in a jar on my desk, but for all I know he could be out
    there practicing law somewhere. - Cross of Coroner by Defense Atty

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Q: Do you recall approximately the time that you examined that body of Mr. Edington at the Rose Chapel?
A: It was in the evening. The autopsy started about 8:30 p.m.
Q: And Mr. Edington was dead at the time, is that correct?
A: No, you idiot, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy! - True Court Quote

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MIAMI, Fl. (Press-Telegram) - A diabetic patient woke up after an operation to find that the surgeon had mistakenly cut off a foot and one toe.   The Fl. State Board of Medicine reduced a state hearing officer's recommended stiff sentence, and fined Dr. Rolando Sanchez $10,000 and suspended his practice for six months instead.   I'm not saying what he did wasn't wrong, board member Dr. Edward Dauer said, but doctors are not God, and hospitals are not heaven.

LONDON, England. (Daily Telegraph) - Cancer patient Cyril Smith, 59, gave up his job in 1993 when doctors said he had three months to live. Now Smith, who since giving up his well-paying job has only averaged 48 pounds ($72) a week, is suing the doctors for loss of earnings because he outlived their predictions.   I'm not suing the hospital for thousands of pounds. I just want compensation for their mistake, for the last three years when I could have earned a living to support my family. I want the hospital to apologize, Smith said.
   It's astonishing. People sue for anything these days, absolutely anything, said a British Med. Assn. spokesman.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Thomas Passmore, 32, was working at a construction site when he thought he saw '666', a demonic sign, on his hand. So, recalling the Bible's instruction, If thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, he did... with a circular saw.   Doctors at Sentara Norfolk General Hosp. wanted to re-attach the hand, but Passmore refused, believing that he would go to hell if he agreed.   The doctors contacted a judge, who advised them to follow Passmore's wish and not re-attach his hand.
    Now Passmore is suing both the hospital and the doctors, claiming the hospital should have contacted his parents or sister to overrule the judge's decision and that the hospital didn't tell the judge that he was incompetent.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Tribune-Review) - An Indiana County man shot himself in the mouth after he mistook a .22 caliber gun for a medicine inhaler.   Daniel Sutherland, 49, kept both the inhaler and gun in the same drawer and accidentally shot himself just before 2 a.m. He was airlifted to Presbyterian Univ. Hospital in Pittsburgh where he was listed in fair condition. The .22 caliber bullet did not exit his head.

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. (AP) - A woman, claiming emotional distress, sued her veterinarian for $1 million in damages for breaking the back of her pet iguana.

    Many patients on auto-urine therapy recover from serious illness, said Dr. Shigeyuri Arai of Japan. His study of 1,752 people who practiced urine therapy found that 60 percent - and 73 percent of cancer patients - reported that their symptoms disappeared.   Yes, urine can cure cancer, agreed Dr. Ming Liau, while Dr. Ryoichi Nakao said that about 200,000 Japanese, and perhaps 5 million Germans, gargle their own urine.   The Conference attendees, though puzzled as to the reason, generally agreed that some doctors are skeptical and don't even offer their patients urine therapy, despite all the evidence.







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