Evidence keyed to Waltz
United States v. Tran Trong Cuong
The Appellant is a physician educated in Paris, France and admitted to practice medicine in Virginia. He is accused of unlawfully prescribing controlled substances to thirty patients between 1989 and 1992. The government presented seven former patients who testified that the Appellant did not give them thorough physicals and that they faked their symptoms in order to obtain prescriptions. There was testimony that indicated the Appellant was actively involved in helping the patients obtain the prescriptions. The government called Dr. Alan MacIntosh (“Dr. MacIntosh”), a Board certified family physician who had practiced for thirty two years. His opinion was that after a few days, the continued use of narcotics for most of the patients would not be medically necessary and could do harm, and that this was not the appropriate care for a family physician. Dr. MacIntosh further testified that Dr. Stevenson, who had prepared a report on some of the Appellant’s patients, was qual ified, and his findings were almost identical. This testimony was objected to by the Appellant and overruled.
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