Bennett Lacked Caution

Coroner’s Jury Reports on Death of S.A.D. Pratt

Battle Creek, Mich., August 14.—(Special.)—The coroner’s jury brought in a verdict this afternoon attributing the death of S.A.D. Pratt, of Athens, to chloroform. The verdict also alleges that Dr. C.T. Bennett did not use caution in that he administered chloroform and performed treatment contrary to usual medical custom.

No criminal proceedings are likely, but a damage suit is probable. Pratt died on Bennett’s operating table.

Source: Detroit Free Press, August 15, 1906.

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