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The Nation

The Navy, convening a board of general court-martial in Washington, formally charged Dr. Donal M. Billig with “culpable negligence” by bungling surgery that killed four heart patients at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. The Navy also charged Billig with 28 counts of dereliction of duty. The 28 counts all allege that Billig performed open-heart surgery without the presence of another cardiothoracic surgeon, as required.


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