'Mad Scientist' Army Trainer Suspended
He had medics carry out procedures on each other
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2015 3:29 AM CDT
Training dummies weren't good enough for Dr. Hagmann.   (Wikimedia/Staff Sgt. Raymond Boyington)

(Newser) – A US Army trainer criticized for using live pigs to train combat medics also carried out some shocking training procedures on live US troops, authorities in Virginia say. Dr. John Henry Hagmann has had his medical license suspended by the Virginia Board of Medicine, which accuses him of providing trainees with drugs and liquor and having them carry out procedures on each other, including catheter insertions and penile nerve block procedures, Reuters reports. Hagmann—who founded the Deployment Medicine International firm after retiring from the military in 2000—is also accused of exploiting two students for "personal gain and sexual gratification." His license could be permanently revoked after a hearing later this month.

The medical board declared Hagmann's conduct to be a "substantial danger to the public health or safety," according to PETA, which has long targeted the doctor for his treatment of pigs. "It seems like this is a renegade contractor visiting abuse on military personnel and live animals," US Rep. Hank Johnson tells Reuters. "It's mind-boggling. It's like a diabolical mad scientist at work in a horror movie." Trauma experts describe Hagmann's training methods as unsafe and unnecessary, but the doctor tells Reuters the allegations have been exaggerated by "animal rights advocates or those with an anti-military agenda." He says the medical board has failed to take into account that the procedures were carried out on students, not patients.