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Old Dec 02, 2003, 02:27 PM   #1
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Awww, that's sad. It would be different if he had told really personal medical info or said slanderous things. Then...yeah, let's lynch him... [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
But, all he said was how nice George was, really. George liked Gil from all I have read. I really appreciated Dr Lederman sharing what he did, it sure offered me comfort while worrying so much about George myself...every single day, all day....when no one was saying a word....
I dunno. I think he loved George and that's what should be important.
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Old Dec 02, 2003, 04:03 PM   #2
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I think that's very sad too. I really agree with Hari's Chick. He didn't say anything wrong, just how nice and kind George was even though he was very sick. Probably saying it as a fan himself. I found what he said to be very comforting too. But obviously the court or medical board saw the fact that he said anything at all to be out of line. Sad.
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Old Dec 02, 2003, 04:03 PM   #3
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An investigation was ordered after the star's estate complained.
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">I kinda agree since nothing damaging was said why fret, however the privacy aspect of it should considered. That time of one's life is too private. The family's feelings should be considered. I think we all are aware that privacy was important to George and even tho we would all like to feel closer to him at the time I understand why anyone thinks it should be private.
I don't know if that made sense or not.
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Old Dec 02, 2003, 05:20 PM   #4
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True, he might have said nice things, but the real issue here is patient confidentiality and professional ethics. No matter WHAT he said, it was a breach of both. As such, it deserves censure.

Here is the AP story:

http://famulus.msnbc.com/famulusgen/...220031204#body

Oncologist punished for discussing case of ex-Beatle George Harrison

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN
ASSOCIATED PRESS


ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 2 The state Health Department reprimanded a cancer specialist for talking to the media about his patient George Harrison without the ex-Beatle's consent.
Harrison, 58, died in Los Angeles on Nov. 29, 2001, after battling lung cancer and a brain tumor.
Dr. Gilbert Lederman signed an order last month with the department's Board for Professional Medical Conduct, accepting his censure, reprimand and $5,000 fine, documents show. The documents don't mention Harrison by name but say that the patient died on Nov. 29, 2001, and that Lederman discussed his case in the media.
The radiation oncologist at Staten Island University Hospital treated Harrison shortly before he died. He had told The New York Post that Harrison was ''quiet and dignified'' and that ''he believed death was a part of life. He was not fearful of death.'' He also said Harrison stayed on Staten Island for two weeks getting outpatient treatment after checking out of the hospital.
The board said Lederman ''revealed to news agencies, magazines and television, personally identifiable facts ... obtained in his professional capacity.''
Lederman's attorney Anthony Scher declined to confirm the state's action involved Harrison's case. But he said it was ''a very very mild penalty for what the Health Department recognized was a relatively minor mistake.''
''Dr. Lederman mentioned information about a patient which he thought was very positive information, nothing the patient would not want said,'' Scher said. ''But from a very technical point of view, it was prohibited.''
State Health Department spokeswoman Kristine Smith declined to comment on the case.
Lederman uses a medical technique known as fractionated sterotactic radiosurgery, which attacks large, advanced tumors with high doses of radiation while leaving surrounding tissues intact.


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Old Dec 02, 2003, 09:35 PM   #5
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True, he might have said nice things, but the real issue here is patient confidentiality and professional ethics. No matter WHAT he said, it was a breach of both. As such, it deserves censure.

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No matter WHAT he said, it was a breach of both. As such, it deserves censure.
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Well, I don't know if the Harrisons put out a complete silence request, but from what I read, the Doc's comments are not really what I would call "personally identifiable facts"; also I liked reading from him those things he said about playing music to the Doc and teaching his young boy to play guitar.. it's so much George to do that and the world is allowed to know..
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Harrison doc fined for talking about star Dec 2 2003

http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/0...star-name_page .html


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A NEW York doctor who treated Beatle George Harrison during his final days has been fined 3,000 for talking about it.

Dr Gil Lederman, director of radiation oncology at Staten Island university hospital, was censured, reprimanded and ordered to pay the fine for a violation of patient confidentiality when Harrison died two years ago.

An investigation was ordered after the star's estate complained.

Although he steered clear of talking about Harrison's specific medical condition, he engaged in misconduct by his "revealing personally identifiable information obtained in a professional capacity without the prior consent of the patient".

Suffering from cancer, a frail Harrison checked into Staten Island university hospital in October 2001, just weeks before his death.

Dr Lederman performed an innovative treatment known as fractionated sterotactic radio-surgery, which attacks tumours with high doses of pinpoint radiation.

After Harrison died on November 29, 2001, Dr Lederman was quoted in US TV and newspaper interviews as saying the star did not fear death and was writing and recording songs until the end.

He told how Harrison played for him and gave his 13-year-old son a guitar lesson.

He described the singersongwriter as "quiet and dignified".
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Old Dec 03, 2003, 04:28 AM   #8
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Originally Posted By HMVNipper:
No matter WHAT he said, it was a breach of both. As such, it deserves censure.
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Well, I don't know if the Harrisons put out a complete silence request, but from what I read, the Doc's comments are not really what I would call "personally identifiable facts"; also I liked reading from him those things he said about playing music to the Doc and teaching his young boy to play guitar.. it's so much George to do that and the world is allowed to know..</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">I ABSOLUTELY agree with you, Rob -- but doctors have to be SO careful about what they say...I do not for one minute think that Dr. Lederman meant any harm. Unfortunately, t's just that if they let him get away with this small breach, it would leave the doors open for other doctors to commit far more serious professional breaches of privacy in other cases.
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Old Dec 03, 2003, 05:05 AM   #9
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It is a shame. What Mr Lederman said was very comforting at the time, and I was certainly grateful for it. But if he did breach doctor/patient confidentiality, and the family complained, as the article suggests, then I guess he should be treated as any other doctor would. I do feel sorry for him though - his heart was in the right place.
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