First, do no harm. Most doctors respect and obey this critical medical rule. They want to help, not hurt, their patients. But there are a few who seem to have missed this important message. They may look at their patients and see an opportunity to make money. Or they may see a chance to vent their rage. Or they may simply not care enough to be careful when taking care of people.
Whether it's breaching the bounds of professional safety to cater to an aging pop star (ahem, Dr. Conrad Murray), showing up drunk for an emergency room shift, being unable to diagnose something as basic as pregnancy, or wreaking havoc on your patients' genitals, there are doctors out there who you're better off steering clear of. Read on to learn about some of the worst doctors of all time: thirteen doctors who should be avoided, at all costs.
Who are the worst doctors of all time? Take a look and see who are the doctors to avoid.
Dr. Conrad Murray Dr. Conrad Murray was just convicted for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson. He had prescribed the drug Propofol, a surgical anesthetic, as a treatment for insomnia. However, Dr. Murray didn't provide the necessary
Dr. Cecil Jacobson More and more couples are turning to fertility doctors to help them conceive. It's nothing to be ashamed of, but it does open up a whole new world of medical fraud. Most doctors in these field are reputable and trustworthy, of
Dr. Prabir Kumar Ghosh A doctor in India was arrested recently when he showed up drunk for his emergency room shift. It may not have been the first time he knocked back a few before turning up for work: local complaints said that he's been drunk on the
University of Washington Surgeons In 2001, the University of Washington admitted that surgeons at its hospital had left five surgical instruments in different patients over the course of five years. In fact, the hospital had just settled one case for leaving a
Doctors Who Can't Diagnose Pregnancy For five months, her primary care physician assured Anita Arora that her periods had stopped because she was going through menopause. At 46 it was a possibility, but so was pregnancy--however, the doctor's office never thought to
Dr. Gerianne Geszler and Dr. Dorrette Grant There is a medical condition called pseudocyesis, or false pregnancy, which makes a woman mimic the symptoms of pregnancy: swollen stomach, no periods, morning sickness. However, the key word here is "false." A quick
Dr. Loren Borud In 2008, Dr. Loren Borud, a plastic surgeon in Massachusetts with a history of drug and alcohol abuse, fell asleep while performing liposuction on a patient, a great indicator of a truly awful doctor. However, there was another
Dr. Andrew Holton While working as a pediatric neurologist in England, Dr. Andrew Holton managed to misdiagnose 618 children with epilepsy, sentencing some of them to years on unnecessary drug regimes, which included side effects like black-outs
Dr. Yasser Awaad At least the previous doctor was probably just an idiot. Dr. Yasser Awaad, a pediatric neurologist in Detroit, stands accused of falsely diagnosing 255 patients with epilepsy in order to make money via insurance reimbursements.
Doctors Who Can't Tell Left from Right Benjamin Houghton, an Air Force Veteran, checked into a VA Medical Center in 2006 to have his potentially cancerous left testicle removed. Doctors there removed his healthy right testicle instead. Sadly, word of this medical error
Dr. James C. Burt Some doctors show how horrible they can be in specific, isolated incidents. Dr. James C. Burt abused his patients for 22 years until the victims spoke out in 1988. Dr. Burt, a truly horrifying doctor in Ohio, spent years
Dr. Graeme Reeves The previous doctor believed he could surgically alter his patients to create sexually-supercharged women. Dr. Graeme Reeves went in the opposite direction. Carolyn DeWaegeneire went to see Dr. Reeves, an Australian gynecologist,
Dr. Naum Ciomu In Romania, Nelu Radonescu went to see Dr. Naum Ciomu for help with his testicular malformation. During the 2004 operation, Dr. Ciomu lost his temper, cut off Radonescu's penis, and then sliced it into three pieces. A plastic