CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1992 |
After a parade of female witnesses testified that he had touched their breasts in his medical office or at their homes, a Westlake pediatrician was ordered Thursday to stand trial in Ventura County Superior Court. Stuart M. Berlin, 35, will be arraigned July 9 on six misdemeanor counts of sexual battery involving four women in 1991, and one felony count of molestation involving a 13-year-old girl in 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1998
Peter Bruce Fischer, a pediatrician who practices in Bellflower and once coached tennis star Pete Sampras, was sentenced Tuesday to six years in state prison for sexually molesting young male patients. Fischer, 56, of Rolling Hills, pleaded guilty in Norwalk Superior Court Dec. 16 to two counts of unlawful penetration of a minor. When the charges were made public last summer, Sampras said that when Fischer coached him, there was no inappropriate behavior on Fischer's part.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1989 |
At a time when a measles outbreak is sweeping through Orange County and the nation, the American Academy of Pediatrics has decided that all children entering middle school or junior high school should receive a second measles shot. The decision represents a major change in position for the prestigious medical group, said Dr. Milton Schwarz, president of the Orange County chapter of the pediatricians' group. "Until now, we were responding to epidemics and re-boosting children in those areas where measles was epidemic," the Santa Ana pediatrician said Monday.
August 5, 1991 |
The majority of pediatricians are not fully prepared to deal with emergencies such as an asthma attack or head injuries, and in such crises, parents should take their children to hospital emergency rooms rather than the doctor's office, according to a study released today in the journal Pediatrics. Only half the pediatricians who participated in the nationwide survey reported having plans for managing life-threatening emergencies in their offices.
May 29, 2010
Late last month, 330 villages in Senegal held a ceremony to announce that they would end the practice of female genital cutting. That brought the number of Senegalese communities to abandon the practice to 4,229, and when the number reaches 5,000, complete eradication will be achieved. Similar pronunciations and celebrations are occurring in other countries — in Gambia and Somalia, and in Mauritania, where on Tuesday 78 villages participated. The growing movement to end the ancient practice of slicing off part or all of a girl's clitoris and/or labia — historically done to prepare her for adulthood and marriage — is the result of years of work by local and international activists.
September 28, 1998 |
Despite the dazzling array of new specialists who populate today's medical world, the most important may still be the most traditional--the pediatrician. This is the doctor who cares for your child from infancy through teenage years, and deals with everything from immunizations to puberty problems. The relationship is so important that choosing a pediatrician is worth some extra time for the screening process.
June 13, 2000 |
A Marin County pediatrician agreed Monday to forfeit his medical license to avoid prosecution on felony charges that he diluted vaccines meant to protect his young patients against polio, whooping cough and other diseases. Dr. William Liebman continued to maintain his innocence, but said in a news release issued by his attorney that he wanted to put a halt to the criminal case before it took a further toll on his "emotional and financial resources."
November 3, 1996 |
In the world view of many young children, seeing the doctor offers one concrete payoff--a lollipop, sticker or some other material reward. But famed pediatrician and international child-rearing guru T. Berry Brazelton, 78, aims to change all that with "Going to the Doctor" (Addison-Wesley, 1996), sort of an "Our Bodies, Ourselves" for kids.
August 17, 2011 |
Talk to a doctor about medical malpractice, and he or she is likely to tell you this: Patients don't necessarily sue because a doctor made a mistake, they sue because they got a bad outcome. A report released today by the New England Journal of Medicine bears this out. It finds that in a given year, 7.4% of doctors (on average) get sued by patients, but only 20% of those claims (on average) result in some sort of payment. Researchers from Harvard, USC and the Rand Corp. in Santa Monica examined malpractice claims against nearly 41,000 doctors who were covered by a single insurance company from 1991 to 2005.
March 13, 2000 |
To his young patients and their parents, William Liebman was the sort of physician who inspired loyalty. Many likened him to an old-time country doctor, talked of his indulgent nature with children, his generosity with his time. Most everyone called him Dr. Bill. Then came the shocker.