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The Associated Press State & Local Wire

January 9, 2002, Wednesday, BC cycle

State medical board disciplines two doctors

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 183 words

DATELINE: BOSTON

A doctor who allegedly attacked his friend with a baseball bat had his medical license suspended Wednesday in one of two disciplinary actions taken by the state Board of Registration in Medicine.
Edgar A. Buttner, 39, a certified psychiatrist and neurologist, was arrested last week in Boston after allegedly beating a fellow doctor who visited his Back Bay apartment. The friend, Peter Muz, suffered four broken bones.
Buttner, who was a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was released from a psychiatric ward just one day before the incident.
Buttner was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and was held without bail. A bail hearing is scheduled Thursday.
The board also accepted the resignation of Dr. Raymond F. Haling Jr. of Pittsfield. The obstetrician’s license lapsed in June because of non-renewal.
Haling has practiced since 1972. The board’s acceptance of his resignation is a “non-reversible disciplinary action that effectively terminates his right to practice in the Commonwealth,” a press release stated.