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Discipline fails over use of hearsay evidence

A Pennsylvania dentist's suspension for performing pseudo-science while engaging in his profession was based on inadmissible hearsay, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled July 13 (Gerald H. Smith v. State Board of Dentistry). The decision overturned discipline imposed by the state dental board.

In July 2008, the board brought a case against dentist Gerald Smith based on a report from a patient of Smith's to a physician, Sarah Buchanan, that Smith had told the patient to stop taking thyroid medication prescribed by another doctor and replace it with another prescription medication, Armor Thyroid.

Buchanan also . . .

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