Medicine: Operation Confusion

What every hospital dreads most is a mixup of patients' charts, which may lead to the wrong treatment or operation. Thanks to elaborate precautions, it rarely happens. But in Chattanooga's Federal District Court last week, attorneys filed a gruesome complaint asserting that Harrell F. Huggins had-been a double victim of wrong surgery in just such a mixup.

Huggins, 55, a railway electrician of Chattanooga, had long suffered from hemorrhoids, eventually agreed to have them removed on Sept. 3 by Dr. Charles Jackson Ray in Chattanooga's Memorial Hospital, a Roman Catholic institution run by...

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