Here is a link to an interesting article about a retired surgeon, Dr. Lars
Aanning, who has confessed that he lied under oath while testifying in
a medical negligence case in order to help a fellow physician who was
being sued for permanently injuring a patient during a surgery. Although
Dr. Aanning knew that the doctor in question had provided substandard
care to patients, he told the jury the exact opposite when he was on the
witness stand. The patient lost the case at trial. Dr. Aanning explains
how this lie has haunted him for over 20 years and how he fears that his
testimony may have been the reason that the patient lost the case.
This article highlights a major problem faced by injured patients in medical
negligence cases: Doctors don't squeal on other doctors. Not only
must patients deal with the physical injuries suffered as a result of
medical negligence, they often have to deal with the frustration of a
coverup by medical professionals.
It was terrible for Dr. Aanning to lie under oath. He committed perjury.
Fortunately, as the article explains, Dr. Aanning is now serving as a
patient advocate and assisting patients who have been harmed by medical