despicable doctors

What Really Happens to Patients in the Operating Room?

What Really Happens to Patients in the Operating Room?

Be careful what you say during surgery, doctors. There are a lot of despicable doctors out there, ranging from those who murder their patients to those who are downright insane. Other doctors, however, can be despicable without even realizing it.

Walter Freeman: The Father of the Lobotomy

Walter Freeman: The Father of the Lobotomy

Walter Freeman is known in history as the father of the lobotomy, an infamous procedure that involved hammering an ice pick-like instrument into a patients brain through their eye sockets. The horrifying procedure often left patients in a vegetative state and is responsible for an estimated 490 deaths.

Cecil Jacobson The Baby Maker

Cecil Jacobson The Baby Maker

They dubbed him the babymaker. Cecil Jacobson was a US fertility doctor who was indicted in 1992 for using his own sperm to impregnate his female patients.

Multimillionaire Cross-Dressing Dermatologist Shoots Wife Dead With .22-Caliber Bullet to Her Chest

Multimillionaire Cross-Dressing Dermatologist Shoots Wife Dead With .22-Caliber Bullet to Her Chest

Dermatologist Richard Sharpe turned out to be a sharp-shooter, ending his wife Karen’s life with a rifle shot, a bull’s eye—sinking lead deep into her chest.

Doctor Hires Hit Man to Kill Another Doctor

Doctor Hires Hit Man to Kill Another Doctor

In July 2012, a pathologist was found shot and stabbed to death in his Lubbock, TX home, the result of a murder-for-hire plot perpetrated by a plastic surgeon whose evil motive can be traced to 1 of the 7 deadly sins: envy.

Dr. Josef Mengele: The Cruelest Nazi Doctor of the Holocaust

Dr. Josef Mengele: The Cruelest Nazi Doctor of the Holocaust

One of the most atrocious eras in human history is without a doubt the Holocaust. About 11 million people, including approximately 6 million Jews, are estimated to have been slaughtered at the hands of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.

The Real-Life Hannibal Lecter Was a Scary Dude, Too

The Real-Life Hannibal Lecter Was a Scary Dude, Too

Thomas Harris is an American author best known for a series of suspense novels that showcased one of the most despicable fictional doctors ever. His second novel, Red Dragon, published in 1981, introduced his most infamous character, the cannibalistic killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The books sequel, The Silence of the Lambs, was published in 1988, and the story was made into a major motion picture starring Anthony Hopkins as the dreadful Dr. Lecter, catapulting the murderous evil character into superstardom.

The Doctor Is Cleared: Jack the Ripper Reportedly Identified

The Doctor Is Cleared: Jack the Ripper Reportedly Identified

Jack the Ripper is the most notorious of all serial killers. There have been more books written and more movies made about him than any other murderer in history. The case of the infamous criminal has fascinated people for more than a century, and most intriguing of all is the fact that no person was ever charged with the crimes. Suspects have run the gamut, from barbers, lawyers, and famous authors, to even doctors. However, Jack the Ripper may have finally been identified, according to a UK businessman who privately funded an investigation into the 19th century case, and it turns out the killer wasnt a doctor, but a 23-year-old Polish immigrant named Aaron Kosminski.

Texas Oncologist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Poisoning Lover’s Coffee

Texas Oncologist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Poisoning Lover’s Coffee

Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo seemed to be at the peak of her career. As a tenured associate professor at the University of Texas, she specialized in breast cancer and was chief of clinical research and drug development at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her research has been funded by big-name players in the field, including the National Cancer Institute, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and Komen for the Cure. She was also chair of the Endocrine Resistance Working Group, and a member of the Correlative Sciences Working Group for the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium, the Breast Cancer Committee of SWOG, and the BIG-NABG Triple Negative Working Group. With such sparkling success, its a wonder why Gonzalez-Angulo would risk giving all that up by attempting to kill someone.

This Surgeon Spent His Entire Career as a Defendant in Court

This Surgeon Spent His Entire Career as a Defendant in Court

Almost as soon as Dr. Jayant Patel's medical career began, colleagues questioned his surgical skills. Complaints of gross incompetence and negligence ignited inquiries from medical authorities, causing Dr. Patel's license to be restricted in the state of Oregon in 2000. He then moved to New York, where after a short time, medical authorities pressured him to surrender his medical license in that state for reasons of professional incompetence in 2001.

Not-so-Nice Fictional Doctors

Not-so-Nice Fictional Doctors

This column usually deals with real-life doctors who broke their oaths, committed despicable crimes, and almost always ended up in prison to pay for their transgressions. But in honor of author Mary Shellys birthday (August 30, 1797), whose most famous novel, Frankenstein, has been turned into many major motion pictures, wed like to take a quick look at some of the most dangerous doctors in the history of film.

Doctor’s Medical License Suspended for “Sexting” During Surgery

Doctor’s Medical License Suspended for “Sexting” During Surgery

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel...ah, never mind. Dr. Arthur K. Zilberstein, a 47-year-old anesthesiologist licensed in the state of Washington since 1995, has had his medical license suspended after it was alleged that he had been sexting while on duty at his hospital, including during surgeries he was assigned to, among other digressions.

Hanged for Murdering His Boozing, Philandering, Show Biz–Wannabe Wife

Hanged for Murdering His Boozing, Philandering, Show Biz–Wannabe Wife

A bespectacled, unassuming man who stood only 5 3 tall, Hawley Harvey Crippen fulfilled his childhood interest in medicine by graduating from the University of Michigan School of Homeopathic Medicine in 1884, and then securing an MD from Clevelands Homeopathic Hospital. After medical school, he moved to New York and got a job with a homeopathic pharmaceutical company run by a Dr. Munyon. Shortly afterward, he met and wed Charlotte Bell, a nurse, and the couple had a son, Otto. In 1892, Charlotte died suddenly of apoplexy (a former medical term for a stroke). Crippen couldnt handle the stress of raising his son alone, so he persuaded his parents, who lived in California, to take total responsibility for the upbringing of his 2-year-old son.

He Stood Trial for the Suspicious Deaths of 163 Former Patients

He Stood Trial for the Suspicious Deaths of 163 Former Patients

He was suspected of killing 163 of his patients between 1946 and 1956. Many died under suspicious circumstances. It was widely believed that his murder weapon was a cocktail of morphine and heroin, administered via lethal injections. What's more, most of his dearly departed elderly patients included the doctor in their wills; he even assisted in rewriting the wills for some of them. In the process, Dr. John Bodkin Adams became one of Britain's wealthiest general practitioners. Yet when he was tried in court, in a sensational trial in 1957, a jury found him not guilty of the one murder charge brought against him. The bottom line was that there was a mountain of suspicious circumstances, but not a single piece of compelling evidence. In addition, several witnesses who testified against the doctor, including a nurse, were discredited during his trial, making their testimonies for the prosecution not very reliable or believable. As for the money his dead patients willed to him, the doctor claimed that it consisted of fees he neglected to charge those patients while under his care.

Pure Evil: Wartime Japanese Doctor Had No Regard for Human Suffering

Pure Evil: Wartime Japanese Doctor Had No Regard for Human Suffering

Torture techniques conjured up in medieval times, especially the gruesome methods employed during the Crusades, took a giant leap forward thanks to Dr. Shiro Ishii's diabolical imagination. The human suffering he was responsible for remains unimaginable and incomprehensible. He is infamous for being the director of a biological warfare research and testing program of the Imperial Japanese Army that existed from 1937 to 1945 during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II.

Surgeon Sneaks out of Surgery…to Run an Errand!

Surgeon Sneaks out of Surgery…to Run an Errand!

In 2002, a patient was lying face down on an operating table with an open incision in his back, about three-quarters of the way through an intensive 6-hour-long spinal surgery being performed by Dr. David Arndt at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During the surgery, Dr. Arndt repeatedly asked one nurse if she could find out if his paycheck had arrived.

Three Botched Plastic Surgeries Led to 3 Dead Patients

Three Botched Plastic Surgeries Led to 3 Dead Patients

They just wanted to look a little trimmer in the tummy and lose a little weight, but 2 patients lost their lives instead during their liposuction procedures. Dr. Peter Normann was an internist, an emergency room doctor, and not a plastic surgeon, yet he performed liposuction surgeries on unsuspecting patients at his clinic in Anthem, Arizona. Dr. Normann never entered a residency in plastic surgery or anesthesiology; he did have about 6 days of training in liposuction and breast augmentation, but he certainly wasn't qualified to perform such operations. What's more, he had no training in fat augmentation, yet he performed a buttocks enhancement plastic surgery on at least 1 patient, who died as a result of gross medical incompetence that led to a critical surgical error. It gets worse.

Linda Hazzard: The “Starvation Doctor”

Linda Hazzard: The “Starvation Doctor”

She got married when she was 18 years old and had 2 children, but in 1898, she left her husband and children to pursue her medical career. Linda Burfield Hazzard had some training as an osteopathic nurse and no medical degree, but a loophole in the law in the state of Washington granted her a license to practice medicine. The obscure law awarded medical licenses to a few practitioners of alternative medicine who did not have a medical degree but were grandfathered in, and Linda was one of the lucky recipients. Her degree described her as an osteopath.

Family Physician Hired a Hit Man to Silence Her…Permanently

Family Physician Hired a Hit Man to Silence Her…Permanently

Born on the island of Cyprus, Josephakis Charalambous was 8 years old when his parents immigrated to Canada, settling in Vancouver, British Columbia. Although he was close to his mother and sister, somewhere in his upbringing, he came to despise women and view them merely as sexual objects. He was known to engage frequently with prostitutes to satisfy his seemingly insatiable sexual drive and desire to control women. It is said that the reason Charalambous wanted to become a doctor in the first place was to attract women with his professional status. But once he became an MD, women didn't flock to him as he imagined.

French Doctor in World War II Was a Serial Killer

French Doctor in World War II Was a Serial Killer

From 1942 through 1944, Dr. Marcel Petiot, a highly respected physician in his community, saw an opportunity to build his personal wealth during the insanity of World War II in Paris. It was a black period in Parisian history, when Jewish families hoped to escape slaughter. It was a surreal time in Paris as World War II was raging; and disappearances were commonplace in the Nazi-occupied city. There was nowhere to turn. Fearing for their lives, Jews couldn't report missing persons to the Nazis.

This MD Was One of America’s First-Known Serial Killers

This MD Was One of America’s First-Known Serial Killers

He started off his medical and criminal career as a swindler and subsequently added "serial killer" to his resume. His birth name was Herman Webster Mudgett but he was better known by his alias, Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, or H.H. Holmes. At an early age, Mudgett expressed an interest in medicine and was said to have practiced surgery (some called it torture) on animals. He also expressed an utter fascination and obsession with death. Mudgett received his medical degree in 1884 from the University of Michigan Medical School. As a medical student, he utilized his skills as a swindler, a fraud, and a con artist. He devised an elaborate scam where he would collect money on false life insurance claims. Mudgett would steal cadavers from the university laboratory and dismember the bodies.

Abortion Doctor Delivered 7  Babies Alive, Then Murdered Them With Scissors

Abortion Doctor Delivered 7 Babies Alive, Then Murdered Them With Scissors

Despicable is too kind a word to describe Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Some called him a cold-blooded killer. The state of Pennsylvania agreed with that description when they convicted the doctor on 3 counts of first-degree murder for slaughtering newborn babies and for the death of a woman who overdosed on painkillers following her abortion while under Gosnell's care.

The “Love Surgeon” Was Nothing but a Brutal Butcher

The “Love Surgeon” Was Nothing but a Brutal Butcher

"Women are structurally inadequate for intercourse. This is a pathological condition amenable by surgery," so claimed Dr. James C. Burt, a gynecologist and obstetrician, in his 1975 book, Surgery of Love. Unfortunately, for many patients, Dr. Burt's genital reconstruction typically resulted in the exact opposite effect he proclaimed his procedures would have on them. Most of his patients suffered several side effects, including sexual dysfunction because of pain during intercourse, infection, and the need for corrective surgery after undergoing Dr. Burt's bizarre medical procedures.

The Secret Service Gave Him the Code Name “Dr. Feelgood”

The Secret Service Gave Him the Code Name “Dr. Feelgood”

Dr. Max Jacobson fled Nazi Berlin in 1936 and set up a medical practice in New York on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The location couldn't have been more perfect. He catered to high-profile clients, including writers, musicians, entertainers, and powerful politicians. His rich and famous patients dubbed him "Miracle Max." The Secret Service code named him "Dr. Feelgood" because of his unorthodox medical treatments for President John F. Kennedy.

Dr. Conrad Murray

Dr. Conrad Murray

Michael Jackson, once hailed the King of Pop, died in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009, the eve of his 51st birthday. The official cause of his death was recorded as a fatal overdose of a combination of the powerful, hospital-grade anesthetic propofol and the anti-anxiety drug lorzepam. After the autopsy, the Los Angeles County Coroner concluded that the superstar's death was a homicide.

Michael Mastromarino: The Organ Grinder

Michael Mastromarino: The Organ Grinder

Biomedical Tissue Services was his company's name; being a modern-day grave robber was more his game. Dr. Michael Mastromarino was a successful oral surgeon with a practice in New Jersey. He had a beautiful home, a wife, and 2 sons. He coauthored a prominent book on dental implants, Smile: How Dental Implants Can Transform Your Life. He was highly regarded in his field. How did this seemingly successful man later become known as the Organ Grinder and the Brooklyn Bone Snatcher?

Slave Maid: Couple Convicted of Human Trafficking

Slave Maid: Couple Convicted of Human Trafficking

On June 12, 2012, Dr. Jefferson Calimlim Sr, and his MD wife, Elnora, were deported from the US under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) escort and returned to their native Philippines, along with their son. They were both former medical doctors in Milwaukee who had been convicted of keeping a Filipina woman as a virtual slave in their home for nearly 2 decades.

Charles Cullen, The Killer Nurse: A Deeper Evil

Charles Cullen, The Killer Nurse: A Deeper Evil

After midnight, near the end of a 7-hour-long police interrogation that began on December 14, 2003, Charles Cullen said, "I did not want (people) to see me as this, what I am." Somerset County detective Timothy Braun then asked him, "What are you, Charles?" The 43-year-old nurse replied, "A man, person, who was trusted and had responsibility for a lot of people dying...I hate myself for it 'cause I don't believe I had the right, but I couldn't stop, I couldn't." No, he couldn't, and incredibly, neither could the medical establishment stop his reign of terror at the time.

Kristen Heather Gilbert

Kristen Heather Gilbert

Meet Kristen Heather Gilbert, a smart, accomplished RN, but a troubled soul. In her youth, Kristen Strickland was known as a pathological liar. According to friends and neighbors, she often made the unfounded claim that she was a distant relative of the infamous ax murderer Lizzie Borden. Ex-boyfriends described Kristen as strange and controlling, eventually exhibiting a pattern of verbal and physical abuse toward them. For attention, she would fake suicide attempts, or when angry, she would tamper with her boyfriends' cars or physically attack them, scratching them with her nails.

Allan Zarkin

Allan Zarkin

Back in 1999, Dr. Allan Zarkin, a Manhattan obstetrician, performed a Caesarian section to deliver the first child of his patient, Dr. Liana Gedz, a dentist. Gedz had every reason to trust her physician. Zarkin had coached Gedz through 7 months of prenatal care, and a strong doctor-patient relationship developed into a strong friendship. It was the kind of bond that led Gedz to invite Zarkin to spend summer nights with her and her husband at their country home in East Northport, Long Island.

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