Medicine: Fatal Tonsillectomy

Osteopath Charles T. Markert of Ridgefield Park, N. J. was a good friend of Mr. Walter Freiwald, an accountant in nearby Bogota. So when Mr. Freiwald's 22-year-old son Walter Jr. came home from Plattsburg military training camp last July with infected tonsils. Osteopath Markert, himself only 25, offered to spare the family the expense of a hospital and surgeon. He invited his boyhood friend and schoolmate, Osteopath Thomas O. Maxfield, 27, of Maplewood, to come to his office and remove Walter's tonsils.

Under New Jersey law, Markert was not allowed to prescribe drugs,...

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