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2005-09-02 13:57:28

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - An inquiry into an Australian hospital's director of surgery, dubbed "Dr. Death" by staff after he was linked to 87 patient deaths, was shut down on Friday after a court ruled the inquiry chief was biased. The A$6 million (US$4.5 million) inquiry, called to examine problems in the health system in Australia's tropical Queensland state, had four witnesses and 10 days left to run. Its interim report in May said Indian-trained Dr. Jayant Patel,...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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