Conn. court hears appeal of disciplined doctor

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Posted: Mar 14, 2013 12:26 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has heard arguments in the case of a New Haven pediatrician who says the Connecticut Medical Examining Board was wrong to discipline him for the way he treated two children with Lyme disease.

Dr. Charles Ray Jones believes in treating Lyme disease with long courses of antibiotics, a view many in the medical community say is unproven. Jones' supporters say many doctors fail to properly diagnose and treat the disease, leading to needless suffering by thousands of people.

Jones was reprimanded, fined $10,000 and put on two years' probation by the Examining Board in 2007. The board said Jones diagnosed two children with Lyme disease and prescribed antibiotics without examining them.

The Supreme Court heard Jones' appeal of the board's decision Thursday but didn't immediately rule.