Misdiagnoses with consequences: Scandal doctor is said to have brain damage

Misdiagnoses with consequences: Scandal doctor is said to have brain damage

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The legal dispute over the case of the Dutch scandal doctor goes into the next round. The neurologist had made incorrect diagnoses in numerous patients. He was sentenced to prison last year. In the appeal process, his lawyer now declared that the doctor was suffering from brain damage.

Doctor is said to have brain damage
A Dutch doctor who is charged with serious misdiagnosis is suffering from brain damage, according to his defense lawyer. According to a report by the dpa news agency, attorney Peter Plasman in Arnhem said at the beginning of the appeal against the doctor that the damage was a result of a serious car accident in 1990. This is also evident from medical reports. The doctor had not appeared in court on the advice of his defense lawyer.

Incorrectly diagnosed with incurable diseases
The now 69-year-old neurologist is said to have made incorrect decisions in over 200 patients in a Dutch hospital from the mid-1990s to 2003. Among other things, he had diagnosed incurable diseases such as Alzheimer's or multiple sclerosis (MS) in dozens of patients. According to the information, a woman subsequently committed suicide. Who is also in various media as a "horror doctor" or "Dr. Frankenstein ”titled scandal doctor also worked in Worms. And also in Heilbronn, where he had come via a medical agency. The German clinics, however, excluded damage to patients that could have been caused by the doctor.

Doctor sentenced to three years in prison
The trial against the doctor had started in 2013. Last year, he was sentenced to three years imprisonment for severe ill-treatment. At the time, the accused had said, among other things, that misdiagnosis would be part of the medical profession. The trial also showed how long it can take to bring such a case to court. Although hundreds of former patients from the doctor had already registered in 2005, the public prosecutor's office did not start investigations until 2009. The appellate judges must now clarify whether he was accountable. A judgment is expected in June. (ad)

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