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By now, most readers know that Sen. Bill Frist did not meet the requirements to have his medical license renewed in Tennessee. However, there is now a new twist to the story: Frist not only did not get the 40 ceus he needed for renewal–he informed the Tennessee Health Department that he did. Now Frist says he “may not have done his continuing education, after all.”

Tennessee law states that physicians who do not complete their required continuing education “will be subject to disciplinary action.”

This is not the first time Frist’s medical ethics have been questioned. As a med student, he filled out adoption papers for a number of shelter cats, whom he later killed in order to do medical experiments. And during the Terri Schiavo affair, Frist “diagnosed” Shiavo via his television screen.

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