When Doctors Kill

Who, Why, and How

Authors: Perper, Joshua A., Cina, Stephen J.

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Some readers may be shocked by the title of this book, and some may wonder if it is necessary to raise the uncomfortable issue of killing by doctors. Killing is clearly antithetical to the Art and Science of Medicine, which is geared toward easing pain and saving lives rather than smothering them. Nevertheless, doctors are people too. Physicians have the same genetic library of enabling qualities and defects as the rest of us, but their vocation places them in a position where both good practice and bad practice can be exercised. The book begins by presenting the background against which medicine came into being and the forces that molded the social, psychological and professional profile of healers. It continues with profiles of infamous serial killer physicians throughout the world; some "practiced" over a hundred years ago, others in recent decades. There is a discussion of mass murdering physicians who chose dictatorship or terrorism over healing. Not-so-mad, but highly sadistic physician/ scientists will also be under their microscope. There is a discussion of high-profile cases, and the authors raise the specter of the first genetic homicide - murder by means of chromosomal manipulation. They also the authors also share their thoughts on some of the ethical issues facing physicians today and examine the gray areas between Medicine and Law. The book concludes with a look at current fashions and trends in medicine. Complementary medicine and alternative therapies may have brought relief to many patients, but they have also resulted in disability, suffering, and death. Through the review of a few high profile, drug-related fatalities, the celebrity-physician relationship will be explored. Finally, the authors examine how the doctor is portrayed in fiction and why medical professionals are featured so prominently on television. Dr. Perper and Dr. Cina have a combined medical experience spanning 60 years. As forensic pathologists, they witness death daily and have investigated hundreds of murders. They accept that most doctors are a force for good, but their book contains accounts of horrible atrocities and features descriptions of graphic murders committed by healers. By shining a cold light on the risks patients face today given the wide array of treatment options, the authors aim to accurately relay the circumstances of when, how, and why doctors kill.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This is a slim volume that still packs a lot of punch. … it covers doctor-caused deaths in a wide variety of contexts, including deliberate murder, malpractice, assisted suicide and euthanasia, medical experimentation, even doctors who became dictators … . this book would appeal to people with a range of interests. It covers historical events as well as some very recent ones, such as the Fort Hood shooting and Anna Nicole Smith’s death.” (Goodreads, August, 2010)

“It covers the bases from historical killers (Jack the Ripper-- doctor or not?) to Sam Sheppard … . the book ultimately sacrifices depth for scope … depending on what you’re looking for. … Overall, the book is fact-filled; full to the brim with facts, in fact. You’ll feel positively overwhelmed after reading it … . The book is well-indexed, so tracking down a particular bit of information is pretty easy to do. It’s well-organized as well.” (Goodreads, August, 2010)

“‘When Doctors Kill’ by Joshua A. Perper, MD and Stephen J. Cina, MD - Medical ethics defines the organizational strategy to the chapter discussions. … I thoroughly enjoyed the book … . as a reference work this book would make for excellent adjunct study in a course on medical ethics.” (LibraryThing, August, 2010)

“Do you want a detailed view of the twisted doctors through history who killed innocent men, women, and children? Do you crave a depressing litany of torture and death inflicted upon the blameless over the centuries? Then this is the book for you. … This is a thorough and well written review of fictional doctors who turn into killers.” (David E. Hoekenga, The Internet Review of Books, December, 2010)


Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • In the Beginning

    Perper, Joshua A. (et al.)

    Pages 3-7

  • Perfect Intentions, Imperfect People

    Perper, Joshua A. (et al.)

    Pages 9-12

  • The Alpha Killers: Three Prolific Murderous Doctors

    Perper, Joshua A. (et al.)

    Pages 15-30

  • America’s Contribution to Medical Mayhem

    Perper, Joshua A. (et al.)

    Pages 31-42

  • International Men of Mystery: Other Medical Murderers

    Perper, Joshua A. (et al.)

    Pages 43-48

Buy this book

eBook $14.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-1369-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $24.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-1368-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
When Doctors Kill
Book Subtitle
Who, Why, and How
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Copernicus
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-1369-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-1369-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-1368-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 253
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