Medicine: Dr. X Indicted

When more than a dozen apparently unexplainable deaths occurred among patients at tiny Riverdell Hospital in suburban Oradell, N.J., in 1965-66, a young doctor finally decided to act on his suspicions. Opening the chief surgeon's locker, he found 18 mostly empty vials of curare—a highly lethal drug sometimes used in small doses to relax muscles during surgery. No charges were ever brought against the surgeon —who explained he was merely using the relaxant for experiments on dogs.

Last week, after a series of articles by New York Times Reporter M.A. Farber on...

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