The U.S. Navy banned a longtime military contractor this week — two years after authorities were alerted to problems and three months after the Virginia Board of Medicine accused the company’s president of using drugs, alcohol and macabre medical procedures to sexually exploit personnel in his classes.
In March, the board suspended the medical license of John Hagmann, president of Deployment Medicine International, concluding that he had used students “for personal gain and sexual gratification.”
The board found that while teaching battlefield medicine in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and the United Kingdom, Hagmann allegedly conducted unnecessary and invasive procedures. It also concluded that he had directed students to drink large quantities of alcohol, injected them with the hallucinogen ketamine and other drugs, and conducted “shock labs,” which involved taking blood from students, monitoring them for shock and then transfusing the blood back into them.
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