Did His Doctor Love Him to Death?

A dispute over a Harvard psychiatrist's unconventional role-playing highlights troubling medical issues involving intimacy with patients

To his Mexican immigrant family, Paul Lozano was a star. A brilliant and shy student from El Paso, he had gained entry to one of the nation's most elite institutions: Harvard Medical School. His future seemed assured. But during his third year of studies, Lozano became homesick and depressed. He got a list of Harvard-recommended therapists and called the first name on the alphabetical roster: psychiatrist Margaret Bean-Bayog. A clinical assistant professor at the medical school, she had a reputation as a gifted lecturer and dedicated researcher into substance abuse.

But what followed for Lozano, his grieving family claims, was a...

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