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`BRAIN EXPOSURE' DOC BACK IN BUSINESS

A board of medical examiners has reinstated the license of a neurosurgeon accused of leaving a patient's brain exposed for 25 minutes while he ate lunch.

Dr. Raymond Sattler was allowed to begin seeing patients immediately after Tuesday's ruling by the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners.The board had suspended Sattler's license Nov. 23 after investigating complaints that the doctor behaved erratically in the operating room.

Among the allegations was that he instructed a nurse to drill holes in a patient's head even though she was not trained to do so and ordered intravenous fluids be given to him during a procedure because he thought he was going to pass out.

Sattler agreed to regular medical and psychological evaluations and signed a consent order requiring him to follow certain guidelines. The medical board also agreed to have someone review some of the doctor's surgical cases every three months.