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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
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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
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Doctors Who Can't Tell Left from RightBenjamin 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 didn't reach doctors in Italy. In 2010 a 27-year-old man with a tumor in his left testicle got on the operating table, where surgeons removed his right testicle. The surgeons then quickly realized their mistake and removed the left testicle, too. So guys, to be safe, for testicle-related care you probably want to avoid VA centers. And Italy.
Veteran Files Claim
Italian Gets 180,000 Euros
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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
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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
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Dr. Graeme ReevesThe 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, to have him remove a possibly pre-cancerous lesion from her labia. During the operation, he leaned over and told her he was going to remove her clitoris too. He added that since the patient's husband was dead, it didn't matter if he removed it, which he proceeded to do. He was sentenced to two years in jail for inflicting grievous bodily harm. His victim believed the sentence was too light, asking what sentence the court would give "if a penis and scrotum had been cut off" instead.
Doctor Jailed for Mutilation
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Dr. James C. BurtSome 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 restructuring female patients' genitals, without their consent. He believed that women were "structurally inadequate for intercourse," a condition he thought his surgeries could fix, making his patients into "horny little mice." Instead of unleashing his patients' sexuality, he created sexual dysfunction, multiple kidney and bladder infections, and the need for corrective surgery.
Charges Against Doctor Bring Ire and Questions
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Dr. Yasser AwaadAt 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. Like with Dr. Holton, patients had unnecessary drug regimes, but Dr. Awaad took things a step further and also performed unnecessary surgeries to implant devices for controlling seizures. Devices his patients didn't need since they didn't actually have epilepsy. So remember kids: get a second opinion before letting someone operate on your brain!
Misdiagnosed for Greed?
Lawsuit Claims Doctor Misdiagnosed for Cash