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June 6, 1896

BRIEF HISTORY OF A SUIT FOR DAMAGES FOR MALPRACTICE.

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PARKERSBURG, W. VA.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(23):1117-1118. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430750019001g

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Abstract

At the last term of the circuit court of Wood County, W. Va., was tried a suit for damages for malpractice in the treatment of a patient suffering from an ovarian cyst, which case attracted much attention in our medical and legal circles, as well as in our community. The plaintiff was the husband of the deceased patient, bringing suit as administrator in behalf of her estate for benefit of her children. The defendants were Drs. T. A. Harris and W. C. Keever of Parkersburg and A. T. Keever of Belleville, Wood County, W. Va. The surgical history of the case is as follows:

Mrs. T., living eight miles from Belleville and twenty-five from Parkersburg, was a patient of Dr. Deem, a physician practicing in that neighborhood. She had an ovarian cyst, which Dr. Deem had tapped twice; the last time was about January 1. Her condition became worse. At

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