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Special Segment (Military Medicine) (Part I) #539606

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 10, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Virginia Beach, Virginia) Poor quality of medical care provided United States military examined; death of Lieutenant Colonel Joe Williams after attending Navy clinic in Virginia cited as example [Williams' WIFE - recalls husband's death.] [Dr. John FEEGEL - considers Williams a victim of gross malpractice; explains.] [Williams' WIFE - still can't believe what happened.] Death of petty ofr. Charles Titus after receive life-threatening drug from Navy doctor and poor follow-up care described. [Govt. Dr. Jarrod CLINTON - claims improvements are nearly complete; acknowledges he has yet to receive Navy's confidential report on quality of its medical care.] Navy's internal investigation's findings outlined, discussed. [CLINTON - acknowledges mil. emergency rooms are frequently staffed with incompetent personnel.] Issue of missing medical files and bearing on malpractice determinations noted; number lost at one military hospital alone in 1983 cited as example [CLINTON - professes ignorance about missing records.] [Senator James SASSER - thinks number missing records indicate destruction of evidence.] Army reported placing Abraham Assante, posing as doctor, in charge of anesthesiology at Fort Dix, New Jersey; details given. [ASSANTE - claims no one ever asked to see his credentials.] Brain damage suffered by veteran due to Assante's anesthesiology described. [CLINTON - doesn't know why Army didn't check Assante's background; claims he will check credentials in the future.]
REPORTER: Mark Nykanen

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Nykanen, Mark
Duration:
00:05:30

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