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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 7

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DES MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER • OCTOBER 23,1977 /7A Doctors say examiners' board is fair' : JIST ; jt Continued from Page One "liter laming that Plorita officiate -iftftd impended ChildenVtlkMne In "•fUll, retartatod it in iff}), suspended •*4t again IB 1973, reinstated it later 'tfcat year and put him on five years ^probation. / A Florida official said the action • ; ^as taken following an examination •••»f Childers' "mental and physical '•Health." lowt't order prohibits ""•CHilders from gaining hospital privi- - ; 1*ges and does not allow-him to • perform surgery that wotld be a ''"danger to the life of a patient. '•"Childere could not be reached for "Wwnment. , .•"cr. • Francis S. Conway, MJ}., of Emmetsburg. His license was revoked on .rJtan. 19, 1976, but action was stayed 1 .-pending five years probation. This is . ijConway's second probation. The ->cboard on July 10,19*8, placed him on •• ^probation for five yean after deter- u tmining he was addicted to Demerol. • ^A 1973 investigation found Conway •'\ -wore a revolver in a shoulder holster • ::<«t all times in toe office, for drug •Security. He also showed 'investigators a loaded M-16 rifle kept in the > .office. The investigators noted that ..•(kmway resold manufacturers' drug : -.^samples to his patients. In the 1976 '...Iproceedings, the board again found ^Conway had a drug dependency and found he "willfully, and repeatedly .•vytolated... the general provisions re- : •: gulating the practice of medicine and surgery." The board amended the -probation Jan. 13, 1977, by giving • ..Conway full prescription privileges • -The board noted it did this to clear .1 4fce way for his readmittance to the , jjtaff of Palo Alto County Hospital . .Conway declined to comment on the "board's actions. , .„> • John C. DeMeulenaere, M.D., o: . ^Grinnell. His license was revoked on ^ Jan. 19, 1976, but action was stayed '" 'pending five years probation. This is . ;,jys second probation. He also gave u] .,! Ms federal narcotic stamp in 1962 ..jind 1967 for two-year periods for ~ diverting Demerol to his own use. • 'i.**'The previous probation wa 0 ','gVanted Apr. 17,1967, for three years . , following a pharmacy board inves- "tigation that showed Demero . -diversion, which DeMeulenaere admitted. DeMeulenaere admitted after a 1970 pharmacy board inves tigation that he used phenobarbita and Desoxyn, a diet pill, that he ha prescribed for himself. ;-;-c During a pharmacy board inves- „..• gtigation that ended in July of 1975, i ...••.was found DeMeulenaere obtaine • .»Desoxyn by writing prescriptions fo patients and then requesting th patients return the drugs to him o . ,,place them in his car parked outsid . , bis office. .-. •- The medical board's complain . ^states DeMeulenaere has suffere "intermittent" dependency on bar ,_ biturates and amphetamines datin Aack to 1946, but that since 1965 De~ • .= Meulenaere says he has avoided . ? ..aerious drug dependency problems. The complaint also lists seven com- -.^laints made on Oct. 2, 1975, ^Xegarding judgments the doctor made -"Awhile on medical rounds in Grinnell General Hospital. DeMeulenaere said, "They've given me a third chance. The board has been very food to me." He abo noted that Georgia has a physician care committee that seeks oat doctors with problems, a committee "that would have helped in my case." De- Meulenaere said he hoped publicity of doctor drug problems "will expedite the state society to set up a good program." • Hugo A. Liadholm, M.D., of Estherville. His license was revoked Oct. 7,1975, but action was stayed pending five years probation. This U his second five-year probation. The first was ordered Jan. 2, IMS, after the board found be was addicted to Demerol. The second probation was levied because Lindholrn again was found to be dependent on drugs and diverting them to his own use. Lindholm in an interview said the board's treatment plan "is a good program." He said his probations "haven't affected my practice one iota." He said his colleagues know about his drug problems. e Daniel Dudley Lovelace, M.D., of Clarkston, Ga., whose license was revoked May 18,1977. Lovelace was found guilty of second degree murder in the 1971 slaying of Dr. Hugh Clemmer, 46, in Los Angeles County, Calif. Lovelace told the court he shot Clemmer the morning after Clemmer unexpectedly fired him from the salaried position he'd had with Clemmer for five years. Lovelace told the Iowa medical board he shot Clemmer because "of the shock of this disruption with its damaging effect upon my professional reputation and economic capability." He told his probation officer the slaying was "occasioned by the unexpected sighting of the victim near my apartment and the hardiness of a revolver." Lovelace, who was 63, went to prison for five years. While in the California Men's Colony, he replied to an ad for a staff position at the Glenwood State Hospital-School. He had also applied at the Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station in Des Moines. The Iowa board refused to reinstate his license. Lovelace, a urologist, now is licensed in Georgia and works at an industrial medical clinic near Atlanta. He said in an interview thai "doctors don't do very well in judicia positions. The Iowa board had no comprehension of my case. They don't know anything about crime Mine was not a reprehensible crime that affected my work. I see boards all over the country do crazy things like giving doctors with drug convictions a slap on the wrist." e Alan Duane Patterson, M.D., of Knoxville. His license was revoked Sept. 14, 1977, but action was stayed pending five years probation. He was ordered to abstain from the personal use of drugs. The Collins Memorial Hospital in Knoxville notified the state board it had suspended Patterson's privileges indefinitely on May 27, 1977, due to his "apparent" problem with drugi. Patterson said la an interview that he felt the board was fair and its action "probably was the best" it could have taken. • Robert Pettit, D.O., of Des Moines. His license was revoked Aug. 15,1977, but he was given permission a month later to re-apply for a license in six months. In the meantime, the board said it would allow him to work in an institution. The action against Pettit was taken due to his March, 1976, felony conviction on a charge of selling diet pills to undercover drug agents. Pettit served 30 days in jail and paid a (5,000 fine upon conviction. He said in an interview that "I, and my many patients who petitioned the board, were grateful for my second chance. I do think if I was so bad, they should have revoked my license when the trouble came up, not after my punishment" • Austin E. Schill, M.D., of Des Moines. His license was revoked June 30, 1975, but action was stayed pending five years probation. A routine monitoring of two Des Moines drug stores by the Board of Pharmacy Examiners found Schill was prescribing excessive amounts of Demerol for several patients. The pharmacies also were delivering the drugs to Schill instead of to the patients. Schill, who retained all of his hospital privileges in obstetrics and gynecology, said in an Interview that his medical specialty had a higher rate of drug use than others. "I suppose it's the pressure. It's not the fact that you've got It around since that's true since medical school." He noted it's hard for the state board to find out about drug addiction. "It's like alcoholism. I know of cases that have gone on for years." • Frederic Sloan, M.D., of Cedar Rapids. His license was revoked Aug. 5,1977, but action was stayed pending six years probation. This is Sloan's third probation and all involve his personal use of drugs and alcohol. His first probation, for three years, was ordered on July 15, 1966. His second probation;!or five years, was ordered on Dec. 16, 1974, after the board found he was habitually intoxicated. His hospital privileges also were subjected to board review. This probation was ended 2ft years early. Ronald Saf, executive director of the medical board, said Sloan's probation was ended July 15, 1976, "because of reports we had received about him that showed probation wouldn't be justified." But in August, 1977, Sloan again was found to be "chemically dependent" and more treatment was ordered. Sloan, a surgeon, said alcoholism "is the only disease I know of where when the treatment fails, we blame the patient" Right no*, people arc moving into homes lhc> once (houglit they couldn't afford. And ihis Special kind of open hou>e will show you lum you can loo. Come see one of our Custom homes before n'.s all finished.' f-xamiue a unique. money-saving concept ,cailed i he hnish-h-YowscIf House" 1 .1'iiM hand. 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Watch for C*up »ign». : Chuck Com»lock \515) 262-9357 He said, "After treatment, I have discovered that it is the primary goal of most state medical associations to restore affected colleagues to full competence and productivity wherever possible, and to fully assist the physician in any way, just as they do in Iowa." • John Ware, M.D., of Mount Vernon. His license was revoked Jan. 17, 1975, but action was stayed pending five years probation. Following a Board of Pharmacy investigation in 1974, the medical board decided be was addicted to drugs. The pharmacy board also had Investigated him in 1973 and found drug use, but agreed to a request by Ware's lawyer to withhold action. Paul Crews, director of the pharmacy examiners, said this was "very unusual" and at first said, "This is something our investigator did on his own. I was not privy to it." Crews later recalled that he had approved the action. In the pharmacy board's 1974 investigation, Ware was found, in 57 incidents, to have picked up prescriptions for Demerol, Morphine, Dexedrine, an amphetamine, and Percodan, a narcotic painkiller, that he had written for members of his family. Criminal charges filed against Ware in April, 1974, regarding another incident where Demerol apparently was not received by the patient for whom the prescription was written, have been held in abeyance by the Linn County attorney's office. Asst. Linn County Atty. Thomas Koran told investigators he felt "we had enough to proceed on but would not like to take the medical service from that corner of the county." The investigation report said Horan would withhold charges for four years "as a tool to keep the doctor aware of his responsibility to himself and the community." Horan, now in private practice in Cedar Rapids, said he doesn't remember the Ware case. Ware said in an interview that the medical board "has always been fair. I think they acted very properly with me." He said, "I've brought myself back from the brink of destruction" and said publication of the board's action would "ruin other doctors like me. I think this is the most disgusting thing in the name of journalism." • David Weinstein, D.O., of Dows. His license was revoked Sept 14, 1977, but action was stayed pending five years probation. Weinstein, former clinical coordinator for the Polk County Mental Health Center, brought his case to the attention of the board when he sought treatment for barbiturate addiction at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute. He had worked at Cherokee, serving a psychiatric residency there for three years, followed by a year as a staff psychiatrist. He left there in June, 1974, for the Polk County center. He is now a general practitioner In Dows. Weinstein said, "I think the decisions of the board were quite fair. I did go before the board voluntarily." He noted, "The state of Iowa is lacking facilities to help doctors. I'd like very much to see our state have a set-up like Georgia where, instead of punitive action, it's a rehabilitative measure." • Richard Curtis Wooters, M.D., of Des Moines. His license was revoked Dec. 16, 1974, but the action was stayed pending five years probation. The action followed an audit by the Board of Pharmacy Examiners who found he had purchased excessive amounts of morphine and was diverting it to his own use. Wooters admitted he had a narcotic dependency for 23 years. Wooters is the medical examiner, or coroner, for Polk County. Wooters said, "The board was very sympathetic. It was a relief to be found out and treated." The three doctors who have signed consent orders with the medical board are: • Nosrat Massih, M.D., of Council Bluffs. On Oct. 14, 1976, the medical board ordered Saf to monitor Massih's conduct for three years. Under the order, Massih must have nursing assistance during an examination of a female patient. Complaints had been filed with the board by several nurses and young female patients. A lawsuit filed by a 17-year-old Pottawattamie County woman who claimed Massih took "indecent, improper and lewd liberties" when she was hospitalized after the birth of a baby was settled out of court on Sept. 12,1975. The suit was dismissed with prejudice and the costs were paid by Massih's insurance company. Massih said in an interview that he never appeared before the board "through the recommendation of a lawyer in order to avoid publicity." He had no comment about the board's action. • C.B. Pinkerton, M.D., of Independence. His temporary license was suspended Jan. 13, 1977, and his practice restricted to the Independence Mental Health Institute. The board acted after Pinkerton admitted in his application for licensnre that he was addicted to alcohol. Pinkerton was put on probation in 1963 and 1973 in Oklahoma, for five years each, due to use of Demerol and other narcotics, as wen as alcohol Pinkerton began practicing at Independence state institute as a first- year psychiatric resident Sept. 1, 1976, at a salary of $21,294. He practiced at the institute four months before receiving an Iowa license, a practice the board questioned. Pinkerton said in an interview that he thought he was covered by his Oklahoma license during this time. Pinkerton said, "I certainly expect full licensure" after one year of suspension. • Cleo David Wilson, D.O., of Harlingen, Tex. His license was restricted Feb. 16, 1977, to do eye refractions only. The board acted after Wilson served a year in the Iowa State Penitentiary for selling drugs to an undercover agent. At the time Wilson was sentenced, the judge revoked his license to prescribed controlled substances. He had not been practicing medicine since 1970, board records show, but was doing eye refractions for Capitol Optical Co. Wilson, 54, said in an interview he is now doing eye refractions in Texas and is paid, indirectly, by Lee Optical. "The board treated me fairly. I'd like to get my privileges back to do ophthalmology wort, but I think I'll do this the rest of my life." Boy, 6, suffocates in Hastings grain bin TM Rfftottfl towt N«wt Swvtct HASTINGS, IA. - A six-year-old Hastings boy suffocated Friday after falling into a grain bin that his mother was filling. John Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Harris of rural Hastings, died about 4:30 p.m. at the Charles Pbelps farm, one mile northeast of Hastings. His parents were working for the Phelpses and his mother was operating a grain auger at the time of the accident. Lynn, Andrews named to Heartland agency Ralph I. Lynn of West Des Moines has been elected president of the Heartland Education Agency board of directors. E. E. 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