HealthLawProf Blog

Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Dr. Pou's Case

During the awful events of Hurricane Katrina, four patients died of lethal doses of morphine while in the care of Dr. Pou and two nurses as they waited for help at the New Orleans' Memorial Medical Center during Hurricane Katrina.  It is unclear whether the doctor engaged in a form of mercy killing or was attempting to relieve patient pain and suffering.  The Louisiana Attorney General, Mr. Foti, apparently believes the former.  Talkleft reports that the Louisiana State Medical Society has come out in defense of Dr. Pou.  The Talkleft blog  and the Kevin, MD Medical Blog provide some helpful background on this case.  Dr. Pou appeared on 60 Minutes this past weekend to discuss her case and explain how she did not murder her patients.

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