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Dr. Conrad MurrayDr. 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 medical equipment or oversight needed for the drug. Dr. Murray's medical license has been suspended, but even if he regains the right to practice medicine, he will always be a doctor to avoid.
Michael Jackson Doc Guilty
Dr. Conrad Murray's Appeal
Dr. Cecil JacobsonMore 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 course, but one who abused the trust of his patients was Dr. Cecil Jacobson. Jacobson had told patients he was using the sperm they wanted during artificial insemination procedures--either from their husbands or from anonymous donors--when in fact he used his own sperm to impregnate them. At the time of his conviction in 1992, he had officially been found to be the biological father of 15 of his patients' children, but prosecutors said he could have fathered as many as 75 kids. Of course, this happened 20 years ago, so it's not like it could happen today, right? Think again: in 2005, a couple filed suit against Dr. Ben Ramaley for the same reason. And so science takes one step forward thanks to medical advances, two steps back thanks to medical assholes.
Fertility Doctor Found Guilty
Fertility Doctor Substitutes His Own Sperm
Dr. Prabir Kumar GhoshA 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 job for years. Dr. Prabir Kumar Ghosh admitted he was intoxicated but said he had his reasons, one of which was that he was simply trying to relieve his joint pain. If only he could've gotten to a hospital for proper treatment, then this whole problem could've been avoided and... oh, wait. Never mind.
Drunk Doctor Suspended
University of Washington SurgeonsIn 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 13-inch retractor in a patient when it discovered another 13-inch retractor had also been left behind in a patient. The hospital instituted new safety procedures, but this surgical department definitely has doctors you want to avoid: after all, mementos can be nice, but mementos that are forgotten in your stomach cavity should always be avoided.
Surgical Tools Left in Five Patients
Doctors Who Can't Diagnose PregnancyFor 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 make sure with a pregnancy test. There was another chance for someone to see the baby when Arora had an ultrasound to check for gallstones, but again no one noticed. However, it was suggested that she might want to eat a healthier diet to get rid of all that weight she'd put on. The pregnancy was finally discovered when Arora insisted on a pregnancy test. Fortunately the baby was safely delivered, and by other doctors than the ones who hadn't noticed the pregnancy in the first place.
Doctor's Blunder Nearly Kills Baby
Dr. Gerianne Geszler and Dr. Dorrette GrantThere 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 look at an ultrasound will show that there is no baby on the way. Dr. Gerianne Geszler and Dr. Dorrette Grant were working at the Cape Fear Medical Center in North Carolina when a woman suffering from pseudocyesis showed up. When no heartbeat was detected on an ultrasound (remember, no baby = no heartbeat!), the two doctors rushed the woman in for a C-section, trying to save the distressed fetus. It was only upon opening the woman's uterus that they realized there was nothing inside. At least they noticed then.
Doctor Perform C-Section to Find Woman Isn't Pregnant
Web MD: False Pregnancy
Dr. Loren BorudIn 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 terrible doctor on duty that day: Borud's supervisor, Dr. Donald Moorman, the vice chair of the surgical department of the hospital where Dr. Borud was operating, was told that same day that Dr. Borud was operating while impaired. Dr. Moorman had options: he could have called the operating room or sent another surgeon to check that everything was okay. Instead, he did nothing, perhaps because he didn't want to interrupt Dr. Borud's beauty sleep? Either way, if your doctor looks tired, be very afraid.
Doctor Censured in OR Sleeping Case
State Suspends Plastic Surgeon's License
Dr. Andrew HoltonWhile 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 and hazes. Many of the children simply had headaches or behavioral problems. If you wonder how Dr. Holton managed such a feat of misdiagnosis, it turns out he actually wasn't qualified to work in pediatric neurology.
Misdiagnosed Victims Paid Compensation