In the Zion Case, a Doctor And Profession on the Stand

It was around 1 A.M., during the 17th hour of her shift at New York Hospital, that Dr. Luise L. Weinstein, then a first-year postgraduate medical student, took her first look at a new patient named Libby Zion, 18.

In the more than 10 years since that March night, and in two days of questioning in a Manhattan courtroom this week, everything Dr. Weinstein did in those hours -- the directions she gave, her discussions with colleagues, thoughts she had expressed to no one -- have been dissected.

According to lawyers for Sidney Zion, Ms. Zion's father, Dr. Weinstein, now a 37-year-old assistant professor at Cornell Medical College, was partly to blame for the death of Ms. Zion six and a half hours later.

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