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Tuesday 10 April

"A Dental Mystery Worthy of Poirot" 
Dr. John Hardie

   In the summer of 1990 the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) accused Dr. David Acer of infecting Kimberly Bergalis with HIV while treating her in his dental office. Shortly thereafter, the CDC had gathered enough information to charge Dr. Acer with infecting an additional five patients.
   Following two major government investigations the authorities were sure of Dr. Acer’s guilt but had no idea how the infection occurred. Was this, as some have contended, the greatest crime in the annals of medical history? Was it, as others have suggested, a cover up for a government conspiracy and a massive insurance deception? Was David Acer a criminal mastermind or an innocent man found guilty by association?
   The controversies surrounding the case were the focus of a CBS 60 Minute Presentation. Independent investigations criticized government agencies for arriving at premature assumptions based on less than credible evidence, but did they exonerate Dr. Acer?
   Today, 28 years later, what really happened in that Florida dental practice remains a mystery…or is it? John Hardie is no detective Poirot, but he had some involvement with the case and has an interesting tale to tell.
   From 1980 until 1990 Dr. Hardie was Head, Department of Dentistry, Ottawa Civic Hospital. Through a series of unplanned events he became involved in examining some of the evidence in this case. After graduating in Dentistry from Glasgow University, Scotland, John, his wife Mary and four month old daughter Adele emigrated to Victoria BC where John established a private practice.
   However, after a few years he decided – with Mary's support – to change direction by completing a Master’s Degree in general and anatomic pathology and to a career in hospital-based dentistry in Ottawa, Vancouver, Saudi Arabia and Northern Ireland.
   He has a PhD in infection control, Fellowships in Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.
   Although retired from practice, Dr. Hardie maintains a thirty plus years interest in the discipline of infection control as it relates to dentistry. He has published almost 200 papers and lectured throughout North America, Europe, the Middle and Far East. In retirement, he serves as Secretary of a Canada Dental Foundation which funds philanthropic missions to developing countries.


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Students on Ice Foundation
 


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