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The 13 Worst Doctors of All Time

Updated March 19, 2020 1.9k votes 620 voters 150.4k views13 items

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. They probably spent too much time staring at these weird medical pictures.

Who are the worst doctors of all time? Take a look and see who are the doctors to avoid. These doctors should probably look at this best doctor movies list and their patients would have probably prefered one of these top anime doctors. You should try playing these doctor simulator games if you think you can do better than these guys.

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    Dr. Yasser Awaad

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    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. 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

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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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    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 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

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    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 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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