THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The lawyer for a Dutch neurologist convicted of deliberately giving inaccurate diagnoses of illnesses including Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis to several patients says his client has brain damage that could have affected his actions.
Lawyer Peter Plasman made the claim Monday on the first day of an appeals hearing in the medical malpractice conviction of Ernst Jansen Steur.
The prominent neurologist was convicted last year of harming the mental and physical health of eight patients by treating them for diseases they did not have. One patient took her own life as a result of the false diagnosis, believing that she was in the terminal phase of an illness
Plesman says a car crash 25 years ago left the neurologist with brain damage that has only recently been diagnosed.