Medicine: The Sixth Baby

For 36 of his 60 years Dr. Harry Heiman has practiced medicine in his native city of New Orleans. A wisp of a man, little more than five feet tall, he has delivered more than 2,000 babies. Last week Dr. Heiman was charged by the district attorney with "negligent homicide" as the result of the death of one of his patients from the complications of childbirth (maximum penalty: five years in prison). Court officials could remember no precedent in Louisiana and few elsewhere.

Agnes Serpas, 29, had already had five children (the fifth delivered by...

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