offbeat The 13 Worst Doctors of All Time  

Greg Stopera
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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.

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Dr. Graeme Reeves


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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, 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. Naum Ciomu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 13 Worst Doctors of All Time
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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 surgeon tried to save Radonescu's organ, but couldn't. Dr. Ciomu was only barred from practicing medicine for three years. He also had to pay Radonescu damages, including money for an operation try to reconstruct the penis from arm tissue. Shockingly, the doctor's union in Romania objected to the order to pay damages, stating that the precedent might lead doctors to refuse to perform operations. Given the outcome for poor Nelu Radonescu, maybe that's better.

Crimes Below the Belt
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Dr. James C. Burt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 13 Worst Doctors of All Time
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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 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. Andrew Holton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 13 Worst Doctors of All Time
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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 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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