Here’s the Book on Doctors

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“America’s Dumbest Doctors” 

Book review by Nicole Langan

Did your neighbor or coworker make our list?

Sometimes you’re just in sync with the universe. As I was reading Patrick McDonald’s America’s Dumbest Doctors, a story appeared in my local newspaper entitled “Alleged Victim Testifies at Surgeon’s Assault Trial.” The story related how a doctor became enraged when his date danced with an elderly man at an Italian restaurant, where the couple had stopped for drinks.

On the way home, the doctor pulled into a car wash parking lot where he proceeded to drag the woman from the car, kicking her several times in the back. Police later found the woman at a nearby gas station where a 911 call had been placed from a pay phone. The woman did not press charges, but the detective assigned to the case charged the doctor with Assault after reviewing pictures the woman had taken of bruises on her body. The doctor has since left town, but he continues to practice medicine in a nearby metropolitan area. His trial is currently underway.

When I first picked up this book, I thought, “Well this collection of stories is horrifying, but these things don’t happen where I live.”

Who doesn't trust us?

Who doesn’t trust us?

As the above newspaper story illustrates, I couldn’t have been more wrong. McDonald, at the onset of his work, wonders why no one has ever written a comprehensive book on the bad behavior of doctors. As San Diego’s first EMS supervisor, he was exposed to the misdeeds of a profession whose members consider themselves beyond reproach. What is truly frightening is that these rogue doctors violate a sacred trust. They are not scheming Wall Street tycoons or common thugs. They are who we turn to when things go wrong. We entrust our very being into their hands. It is an intimate connection that is severed by these doctors who willfully turn their backs on the Hippocratic Oath.

McDonald peppers his text with interesting tidbits. He states, “We have 100,000+ working physicians in this country within the IQ ranges of janitors and farmhands.” The book’s premise is supported through numerous examples of news headlines taken from across the country. Doctors are charged with murder, rape, drug trafficking, insurance fraud, child molestation, medical malpractice, sexual harassment, money laundering – the list goes on and on.

The misbehavior of thousands of doctors has consequences for the entire medical field. Medical mistakes and fraud raise insurance rates. One headline states, “Surgical Mistakes Cost Insurance Companies 1.5 Billion Dollars Annually.” Another relates, “4,600 American Hospitals Scam Insurance Plans.”

While doctors’ mistreatment of nurses leave hospitals understaffed. A supporting headline states, “Abusive Docs are Driving Out Nurses.” Another proclaims, “429,000 Nurses a Year are Victims of Assault. Too Many are by Doctors.”

Lady Liberty Embarrassed

Readers will recognize famous cases such as the Texas MD who deliberately ran down her philandering physician-husband with her Mercedes in a hotel parking lot. Another being the doctor who blew up his New York City apartment building when he tampered with a gas line because he was angry with his estranged wife. Others are more obscure like the doctor dressed as Captain America who assaulted a woman at a bar with a burrito stuffed down his crotch. While an OB-GYN in California used secret cameras hidden in his shirt and in the air vent above the examination table to film teenage patients during breast and pelvic exams.

After reading this book, it is inevitable that you will never look at your own physician the same way.

America’s Dumbest Doctors by K. Patrick McDonald is available at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle, as well as Barnes & Noble.

3 comments:

Sharon

“Do I really have a right to laugh out loud at these appalling stories?”

That was my question, as I sat stunned at not only the audacity of these people in the book, but the sheer numbers of them.

I’d heard the author speak on the Coping With Caregiving radio show, and I must say I was certain he was exaggerating. I could not have been more offbase. This book should be required reading in every medical ethics course in America. For our own safety, citizens ought to read it, but physicians should be FORCED to. I plan to carry my copy of this book to each medical appointment I ever go to. Wow.

J.W. Nicklaus

I actually like my doctor, but I rarely visit him. After reading this review, perhaps that’s a good thing for more reasons than just my health.

I already have a deep-rooted aversion to salespeople–must I loathe doctors as well?

Your review makes the book reminiscent of a train wreck–you don’t want to look, but you can’t help yourself. It’s simultaneously horrifying and mesmerizing.

Anonymous

I’m a relatively new graduate fortunate enough to have been hired last year by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Here at Mayo, I’d guess very little of these kinds of shenanigans go on. I suspect much of the misbehavior occurs at less-regulated institutions, where the majority of MDs on staff are contract, and not directly employed.

That said, my years in med school offered considerable proof that, yes, wackos in lab coats are hardly a rare commodity, and some “off-campus” behavior borders insanity.

In spite of my love for what we doctors do, I found myself buying the book, reluctantly, and relating stories from it to my friends. Our consensus is, “Well, there but for the grace of Buddha . . . .”

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When You Think of Doctors . . . Is This What Comes to Mind?

Dr Akram Ismail

Dr Akram Ismail, Guilty Murder for Hire scheme

Dr Earl Bradley

Dr Earl Bradley, Guilty, 471 counts of Child Sexual Assault

 

Dr Conrad Murray

Dr Conrad Murray, Guilty in the death of Michael Jackson

 

Dr Barton Corbin

Dr Barton Corbin, Guilty, Murder, wife and a former girlfriend

 

Dr Ashwani Duggal

Dr Ashwani Duggal, Guilty, Sexual Assault of a housekeeper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Chris Thompson

Dr Christopher Thompson, Guilty, Assaulting bicyclists with his car

 

We didn’t think so.

The sad fact is, there are simply not enough hours in the day to tell the stories of all 200 doctors convicted each month.

But we can promise you this:

We give it our best shot.

So be safe out there.

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Historical Hysterics: The “Brooklyn Bone-snatcher”

Dr Michael Mastromarino

Dr Michael Mastromarino

Take out the bones, put in the pipes. Whose gonna know?

Take out the bones, put in the pipes. Whose gonna know?

 

July 7, 2013

Doctor Michael Mastromarino died today in a New York hospital. The man was 49 years old and serving a prison sentence at the time. You may or may not recall the former oral surgeon. But he became quite famous several years ago, when he decided the optimal path to wealth-building was not to be found among the living. Why stoop to anything so mundane as patient care, when stealing body parts from cadavers at funeral homes was so much more, shall we say, interesting?

It seems that madman Mastromarino was – in the early 2000s – a chronic drug addict, and when the state of New York found that he was performing surgery on patients while strung out on narcotics, they pulled his medical license in 2002. Of course “health care” being what it is, he had no problem at all becoming relicensed, this time as a  human tissue bank and biological surgical instrument supplier. So being a creative sort of fellow, he cultivated a sneaky clan of mortuary staff and started paying them $1000 for each “suitable” body. Then he hired “assistants” Christopher Aldorasi and Lee Cruceta, and went into business. Biomedical Tissue Services. Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? Sounds legit?

No it wasn’t, my friends. Not even close. Mastromarino was cutting out bones, tissue and organs from New York’s dead residents. And to make it all work, he would fake patient charts, medical records, transfer forms and death certificates, all making the patient age, health status and cause of death appear . . . you know . . . legal.

And do you want to know the really cool part? Mastromarino was raking in $10,000 per body. On good days he and his psycho friends could chop up seven or eight poor folks, and who had to know?

But then, here come those damned Brooklyn New York cops, investigating irregularities at the Daniel George & Son Funeral Home in Bensonhurst, in 2005. Weird news reports started popping up of course, revealing appalling details, like a secret room in the funeral home set up for surgeries; leg bones replaced by plastic PVC pipes, so the bodies would appear, you know, normal, at open casket viewings.

Alistair Cooke

Alistair Cooke

One of the bodies they cut up and distributed to hospitals was world famous. It belonged to Alistair Cooke, the highly respected English newsman and former TV host of “Masterpiece Theater.” They sent this gentleman’s arms and leg bones out, too – to be implanted into living people – even though his body was wracked with cancer cells.

But all good things must come to an end, and the macabre Doctor Mastromarino was finally handcuffed in 2006, along with two of his body cutters and an embalmer. He changed his “Not Guilty” plea to “Guilty” in 2008, to numerous charges of Body Theft, Corruption, Reckless Patient Endangerment. He was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years. He and his wife, Barbara were ordered to pay nearly $5,000,000  to the victims’ relatives.

As for the famous  Alister Cooke, well, his adult daughter Susan Cooke Kittredge, said this, in an article in New York Magazine:

“My father would have been just horrified by the illegal harvesting. But he would have appreciated the Dickensian nature of the crime. “

Rev Susan Cooke Kittredge

Rev Susan Cooke Kittredge

Ah, American medicine. Don’t you just love it?

Have a terrific weekend, readers, and thank you for your continued support.

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Hospital: ‘Got a Cut Finger? Fine. We Just Charged You $9,000′

Who gave WHO the finger?

Who gave WHO the finger?

A teacher in New Jersey was just a bit baffled when he was slapped with a $9,000 hospital bill after the cut on his finger was bandaged in the ER.

Mr. Baer Hanusz-Rajkowski reported that he had cut his finger with the sharp end of a hammer while at home. He decided to go to Bayonne Medical Center, where  it was determined that he had suffered such a minor injury that it required neither an x-ray nor stitches. So Hanusz-Rajkowski left with a bandaged middle finger. NBC New York said he was surprised to get this in the mail:

>  $8,200 for the emergency room visit.

>  $180 for a tetanus shot

>  $242 for sterile dressing

>  $8 for a squirt of antibacterial ointment

The remainder was paid to the nurse practitioner.

That $9,000 bill left Hanusz-Rajkowski speechless. From NBC:

“I got a Band-Aid and a tetanus shot. How could it be $9,000? This is crazy,” Hanusz-Rajkowski said.

America. What a country.

Here’s another peek at the case:

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/investigations/I-Team-NJ-Hospital-Charges-8K-to-Bandage-a-Cut-Finger-270053241.html

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Do Doctors Recomemend Healthcare as a Career? Nope

Physician Survey Respondents Indicate They Are Actively Discouraging Individuals from Entering the Medical Profession, While Also Contemplating Early Retirement

I Hate My Job

The Doctors Company - the largest insurer of physician and surgeon liability with 71,000 members – has announced results from the largest physician survey ever conducted on the future of health care in America. More than 5,000 doctor-members responded. And the overwhelming indication is that concerns regarding healthcare staff shortages may be compounded by physician opinions about their profession.

Specifically, nine out of 10 doctor respondents said they do not recommend health care as a profession. In addition, 43% report they are considering retiring within the next five years because of the changes in America’s health care system. A copy of the Future of Health Care Survey is available on The Doctors Company Knowledge Center.

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Pervert Physician Admits 2 Sexual Assaults – Gets Probation

 

Dr Rajat Prakash

Dr Rajat Prakash

It was in November 2011 when a young woman named Stacy Rowland was being treated for a flare-up of her multiple sclerosis at Chicago’s Advocate Christ Medical Center. Stacy’s doctor was Rajat Prakash.

As she lay in her hospital bed, she testified in court, the physician abruptly began touching her sexually, and forced her to touch him.

“He did terrible things. I just felt so violated,” Rowland stated.

Now, nearly three years later, Prakash, age 49, has admitted in court exactly what he did, not only to Stacy, but also to the attack of another woman. He confessed to luring another female patient into his SUV and sexually attacked her.

What kind of sentence would you estimate might be proper for two sexual assaults?

Well, Madman Prakesh will receive not one day in jail. He has been sentenced to one year probation and a fine by the court.

Do you think that this creep’s medical license ought to maybe be – oh, we don’t know – revoked by the state of Illinois?

Might a logical trier of fact expect this repeat predator should be deported?

Not a chance, friends. The United States of America does not deport immigrant criminal doctors.

To the contrary.

We keep them licensed, you see, so they can move away; cross a state line; get relicensed, and enjoy the full weight of government protection, so that their crimes won’t be discovered by their future patients.

Ever heard of the National Practitioner Data Bank? Probably not. They keep a pretty low profile. Their job is to keep track of physician histories – a jaw-dropping number of whom are listed under the headings “Dangerous” or “Questionable.”

Any idea how many doctors’ names can be found in the files at the NPDB?

It is highly unlikely you even have a clue, because their names and office locations are . . . well, a secret.

Healthcare isn’t about to tell you whether your doctor has a criminal background, or not. They absolutely won’t tell you how many doctors are listed on the wall of shame called the NPDB.

So we’ll tell you. As of December, 2013, the Data Bank held the names of 250,000 physicians. That’s a quarter-million doctors in 25 years. Go ahead. Do the math.

Now, how much of any of this insanity has ever been mentioned over the course of the brain-thudding debate called Obama Care?

Zero.

The last thing healthcare in this country wants . . . is an educated public.

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This freaky emigre attended Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University, India. He graduated in 1988; came to the U.S. and started a lucrative career of undressing women for money.

America. What a country.

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Doctors as Drug Pushers: What a Perfect Karmic Marriage

 

Dr Najam Azmat

Dr Najam Azmat

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Federal investigators say the surgeries performed by Azmat were worthless, medically unnecessary and killed people.

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In Savannah Georgia federal court a jury has convicted Doctor Najam Azmat, age 57, on narcotics conspiracy charges; money-laundering and 49 counts of drug dealing.

Investigators learned that in less than a one-month period of time, for example, while working at East Health Center in Garden City, Azmat wrote prescriptions for 196 patients – nearly all of whom received prescriptions for oxycodone, a highly additive painkiller, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The clinic was so well-known to drug addicts that people came from as far as Florida, Kentucky and Ohio and typically paid $300 each to see Azmat or other physician drug dealers. Azmat’s “patients” testified in court that that they were addicted to oxycodone and learned of the clinic through rival pill mills in Florida.

The corrupt MD was paid $2,000 at the end of each work day for prostituting his medical license.

Five others staff members have also pleaded guilty.

Here’s a DEA Press Release about the case:

http://www.justice.gov/dea/divisions/atl/2014/atl012314.shtml

The investigation of East Health Center was a joint effort conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration; Georgia Bureau of Investigation; Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team; the IRS and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Najam Azmat will spend the next 11 years in federal prison.

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Here are two more daffy docs who couldn’t seem to toe the ethical line:

Doctor Sherri W. Pinsley of Boynton Beach Florida

Dr Sherri Pinsley

Dr Sherri Pinsley

 

Doctor Cleveland J. Enmon Jr. of Brunswick Florida

Dr Cleveland J. Enmon

Dr Cleveland J. Enmon

Our Observations:

Prior to his life of crime, Najam Azmat graduated from Khyber Medical University in Pakistan, in 1982. He emigrated to the U.S. and . . . well, you know the rest.

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