The 13 Worst Doctors of All Time

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, showing up drunk for an emergency room shift, being unable to diagnose something as basic as pregnancy, or wreaking havoc on your patients' bodies, 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: 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 preferred 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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  • 1
    319 VOTES

    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 to 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.

    319 votes
  • 2
    366 VOTES

    Dr. Graeme Reeves

    Carolyn DeWaegeneire went to see Dr. Graeme 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.

    366 votes
  • 3
    314 VOTES

    Dr. James C. Burt

    Dr. James C. Burt abused his patients for 22 years until the victims spoke out in 1988. Dr. Burt, a 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.

    314 votes
  • 4
    164 VOTES

    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 blackouts 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.

    164 votes
  • 5
    199 VOTES

    Dr. Cecil Jacobson

    Fertility specialist Dr. Cecil Jacobson 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.

    199 votes
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    189 VOTES

    Dr. Yasser Awaad

    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. Patients had unnecessary drug regimes, but Dr. Awaad took things a step further and also performed unnecessary surgeries to implant devices for controlling seizures.

    189 votes