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NC doctor told patient she’s fat, faces discipline

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina doctor could lose his medical license after a patient complained he made cutting criticisms, including telling her she was fat.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the North Carolina Medical Board will decide if Dr. Earl Sunderhaus of Asheville overstepped the bounds of professional decency.

The eye doctor’s patient complained Sunderhaus poked her thigh and told her she is fat, and also scolded her as irresponsible for being unemployed and relying on taxpayers to pay for another pregnancy.

Sunderhaus admitted he told the patient that her thick thighs and diabetes could cause her to go blind.

He made his points again by writing the patient, Gov. Beverly Perdue and blasting the medical board.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A North Carolina doctor could lose his medical license after a patient complained he made cutting criticisms, including telling her she was fat.

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