- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 9, 2006

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge last week ordered the state Board of Medicine to stop disciplinary proceedings against a doctor accused of telling a patient she was so obese she might be attractive only to black men and advising another to shoot herself after brain surgery.

Judge Edward Fitzgerald made clear in a ruling released Thursday that he did not condone remarks attributed to Dr. Terry Bennett and found them unnecessary, but ruled Dr. Bennett had a right to speak bluntly.

“Let’s face it, if your husband were to die tomorrow, who would want you?” the board has said Dr. Bennett told an overweight white patient in June 2004. “Well, men might want you, but not the types you want to want you. Might even be a black guy,” it quoted him as saying, based on the woman’s complaint.

Dr. Bennett, 68, has denied making the comment, but has said he has seen polls supporting that position.

“If you look at the polling, nobody likes fat women,” he said last year. “Is it right? No. Is it sensible? No. Is it true? Yeah. … Black guys are the only group that don’t mind that. Is that racist to say that?”

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