Serial Killers in the Medical Profession

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Dr. Harold Shipman was the greatest serial murderer the world has ever known.   Most of his 459 victims were elderly women, killed by lethal injection of morphine.   He did this for many years while other nurses and doctors looked on.  A police investigation went nowhere, and was dropped.  Finally, Shipman was caught when he killed the mayor after forging her will transferring her entire estate to him.  The police caught this mistake, after he was sentenced to life in prison, the guards found him dead.  He had hung himself in the prison cell.

Dr. Michael Swango

Another serial killer, Doctor Michael Swango poisoned coworkers with arsenic slipped into foods and beverages.    With patients, he usually gave an overdose of patient’s current prescription. He eluded capture for years by moving from place to place, while his past history was never checked.  Swango killed anywhere between 30 and 60 people, until he was finally sent to prison.

British Medical Journal

Dr. Herbert Kinnel published an article on doctors as serial killers appeared in the  British Medical Journal.

He says: “There are enough recorded instances of multiple murders by doctors (real or bogus) to make at least a prima facie case that the profession attracts some people with a pathological interest in the power of life and death….He also says:

“Arguably medicine has thrown up more serial killers than all the other professions put together“.

Dr. Kinnel makes the following points:

1) The medical profession seems to attract some people with a pathological interest in the power of life and death

2) Doctors have been responsible for killing not only patients and strangers but members of their own family.

3) The political killers par excellence were the Nazi doctors and the Japanese doctors engaged in biological warfare


References:

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7276/1594
BMJ 2000;321:1594-1597 ( 23 December ) Serial homicide by doctors:

Michael Swango: Doctor of Death

Pulitzer Prize winner James B. Stewart’s recent book, {Blind Eye – The Terrifying Story of a Doctor Who Got Away With Murder}, tirelessly follows Swango’s career through interviews with his professional peers and tomes of documentia. He points a finger at the nation’s hospital administration system as being part of the cause of Swango’s ability to elude charges for so long. Nurses and patients alike saw forewarnings, but, according to Stewart, the departmental doctors scoffed and did nothing. As Swango moved from institution to institution, neither personnel nor hiring directors checked his past history, and when they did, they accepted his own testimony over anything incriminating on record.

After Swango’s arrest, Stewart told the New York Times, “(His) case shows that the medical establishment will blindly trust the word of a fellow doctor over the word of other witnesses, and that the medical profession cannot adequately police itself.”

Dr Harold SHipman Serial Murder

A book devoted to Shipman’s crimes, Mind Set on Murder, written by Carole Peters has been published, The General Medical Council must now respond to the results of the expensive four-year inquiry with a plan for better policing of the medical establishment.   The pressure of lawsuits from families of Shipman’s victims will ensure that measures are taken so that such a long-running killing streak by a doctor, which involved as many as 36 patients a year, never happens again.  It can no longer be assumed that people who enter the healthcare industry have only the best motives.  While killers like Shipman are rare, patient care demands better scrutiny. Nearly 400 murders. This would give killer Dr. Harold Shipman the dubious distinction of being the greatest serial murderer the world has ever known.

http://www.galenpress.com/demon_doctors.html
Demon Doctors, Physicians as Serial Killers, Kenneth V. Iserson, M.D.
No one expects their trusted family doctor to be a cold-blooded serial killer. . . Dr. Kenneth V. Iserson has assembled eight amazing profiles of some of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries’ most heinous physician-serial killers and -mass murderers. These doctors have perverted the noble ideals of their profession, exploiting the trust inherent in the patient-doctor relationship to their own ends.

“Physicians possess a unique opportunity to commit murder, both with their access to chemicals and their ability to sign a death certificate. . . . Each physician in this study represents a completely motivated and successful murderer. . . . This riveting study of transgression could only be written by someone working with the precision of a physician.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Shipman
A report into Shipman’s activities submitted in July 2002 concluded that he had killed at least 215 of his patients between 1975 and 1998
In total, 459 people died while under his care. It is uncertain how many of these were Shipman’s victims, as Shipman was often the only person to certify a death

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Swango
Michael Swango

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bodkin_Adams
Herbert G Kinnell, writing in the British Medical Journal, speculates that Adams “possibly provided the role model for Shipman”.[138]  John Bodkin Adams

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  1. Very interesting article! I do believe many doctors have the “God complex.” I see many things not to my liking in the medical profession, such as the pharmaceutical companies’ power (vaccines are an example), the greed and desire to operate when it isn’t necessary (hysterectomies are an example), and the lack of trying to help the body heal itself by more natural means instead of toxic methods. Nutrition needs to be a mandatory class even though the AMA doesn’t believe teaching it would benefit patients. I think many know that “our food is our medicine.”

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