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Doctor gets more severe punishment than DesJarlais

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NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - A published report says a Middle Tennessee doctor accused of infractions similar to those of U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has received a more severe punishment.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1GzdLKE) reports the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners revoked the license of Murfreesboro physician Brad Blankenship and fined him $5,000 for having a fling with one patient.

In comparison, DesJarlais received a reprimand and a $500 fine for a sexual relationship with two patients.

The Tennessean made inquiries with the Board of Medical Examiners and DesJarlais' office about the disparity, but did not receive a response.

According to the newspaper, it wasn't clear in the case of DesJarlais whether the doctor-patient relationship had been severed before the romantic relationships began. The order against Blankenship says he continued to treat the woman during a romantic relationship.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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