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Delay in Treating Colon Cancer Not Deliberate Indifference  

Author:  Fred Cohen.

Source: Volume 15, Number 06, September/October 2014 , pp.81-81(1)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Michigan prisoner Robert Earle Runkel died from colon cancer and his estate sued Dr. Fred Kemen claiming deliberate indifference related to a four-month delay in Runkel being diagnosed with and receiving surgery for his recurrent colon cancer. The critical legal features in Runkle v. Kemen, 529 Fed.Appx. 418, a Section 1983 action, are whether the medical condition at issue was serious and, if so, whether Dr. Kemen, Runkle’s primary care physician, was deliberately indifferent.

Keywords: Runkle v. Kemen; deliberate indifference

Affiliations:  1: Executive Editor.

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