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(Daily Mail)   A look back at Texas spinal surgeon, "Dr. Death," whose malpractice was so bad he got a life sentence for aggravated assault against his patients. How he had a career for so long using that nickname is unclear (not for the squeamish)   ( dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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2018-09-12 01:58:50 PM  
Psychopath.  Pure psycho path.  Been hearing about him for awhile now.  Hope he never gets out of prison.  The podcast re: the book Dr. Death is great, give it a listen.
 
2018-09-12 02:09:27 PM  
Key word: Texass. It's like any other place in America, except with an automatic 30 point reduction in IQ for pretty much anyone born there. Has to be something in the water.
 
2018-09-12 02:14:00 PM  
My mom's doctor growing up was Dr. Slaughter so...
 
2018-09-12 02:14:41 PM  
Took a lot of nerve.
 
2018-09-12 02:14:49 PM  
The medical profession is about as good at policing their own as the police.
 
2018-09-12 02:15:22 PM  
My uncle, last name De'ath, is a doctor. New nurses page him as Dr Death regularly until they figure it out.
 
2018-09-12 02:16:16 PM  
Not to be confused with Oklahoma's Dr. Death.

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/Well, OU is where he went to school.  From Colorado, originally.
 
2018-09-12 02:16:28 PM  
Sounds like Dr Satan from House of 1000 Corpses.

//I am a sucker for that movie and Devil's Rejects.
 
2018-09-12 02:20:29 PM  

tricycleracer: My mom's doctor growing up was Dr. Slaughter so...


You can't spell Slaughter without laughter.
 
2018-09-12 02:20:49 PM  
Also:

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2018-09-12 02:20:50 PM  

Russ1642: The medical profession is about as good at policing their own as the police.


Come to Arizona. You can get the best or the worst medical care in the world. You choose. No, you choose. Choose.
 
2018-09-12 02:25:51 PM  
Heard one of the attending physicians where I work (a real character ) tell a ER resident -"We do a lot of harm".

From what I've seen, I agree.
 
2018-09-12 02:26:03 PM  

stir22: Psychopath.  Pure psycho path.  Been hearing about him for awhile now.  Hope he never gets out of prison.  The podcast re: the book Dr. Death is great, give it a listen.


I'm listening to the podcast right now. Each episode is more fascinating and horrifying than the last.  Highly recommend it but not for the squeamish
 
2018-09-12 02:27:03 PM  

Russ1642: The medical profession is about as good at policing their own as the police.


a surgeon, a cop and a catholic priest walk into a NAMBLA meeting..
 
2018-09-12 02:28:22 PM  
You can get away with a lot of things when you have a title of nobility in America and a catchy nickname by our sensationalist media.  Even if it is a repeat.
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2018-09-12 02:30:31 PM  
That's worse than having a proctologist named Dr. Hook.
 
2018-09-12 02:30:38 PM  
Half operating room half Ikea with parts and pieces all over the place.
 
2018-09-12 02:31:41 PM  

flynn80: You can get away with a lot of things when you have a title of nobility in America and a catchy nickname by our sensationalist media.  Even if it is a repeat.
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Being from Michigan and old enough to remember Kevorkian, he was the first thing I thought of when I saw "Dr. Death"
 
2018-09-12 02:33:39 PM  

Vampire Lake: stir22: Psychopath.  Pure psycho path.  Been hearing about him for awhile now.  Hope he never gets out of prison.  The podcast re: the book Dr. Death is great, give it a listen.

I'm listening to the podcast right now. Each episode is more fascinating and horrifying than the last.  Highly recommend it but not for the squeamish


Agreed. The podcast is great. And horrifying.
 
2018-09-12 02:34:46 PM  

Russ1642: The medical profession is about as good at policing their own as the police.


This is the real takeaway here.
 
2018-09-12 02:36:34 PM  

stir22: Psychopath.  Pure psycho path.  Been hearing about him for awhile now.  Hope he never gets out of prison.  The podcast re: the book Dr. Death is great, give it a listen.


That podcast actually made me sick to my stomach while listening. 

I could see what he was doing in my head and felt my stomach drop as everyone just... watched.

I don't think i made it through the second episode.
 
2018-09-12 02:36:43 PM  
Good thing Texas passed tort reform laws! I mean, horrible, dangerous doctors need to work too, and malpractice lawsuits can get expensive if you don't limit awards to a pittance.
 
2018-09-12 02:36:49 PM  
How come you didn't post this as a follow-up to the Dr Horrible sing-along fark threads posted about this guy, Subby?
 
2018-09-12 02:38:27 PM  

mcsiegs: Also:

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If Richter and Patton Oswalt had a baby...
 
2018-09-12 02:38:50 PM  
They call me Dr. Love
They call me Dr. Love, Calling Dr. Love
I've got the cure you're thinking of, Calling Dr. Love
 
TWX
2018-09-12 02:43:21 PM  

thespindrifter: Key word: Texass. It's like any other place in America, except with an automatic 30 point reduction in IQ for pretty much anyone born there. Has to be something in the water.


Normally I'd agree with you if this doctor's practice was in a rural area, offering patients limited choice. Apparently he practiced in Dallas though, there are seven million people living around there.

I wouldn't be surprised if this lasted as long as it did because individual patients simply didn't know about the other harmed patients, and bureaucracy is not usually fast to act. Bureaucracy is reactive, not proactive. If patients or fellow medical staff were slow to report problems, or if lower-tier medical staff like nurses found their opinions downplayed, then it would make sense that it would take time to even recognize that there's a serious problem, let alone take steps to stop it.

I'm personally at a point where I'll take recommendations from the GP more seriously if they'll submit themselves or their loved-ones to the care of that specialist. When it became clear that our daughter needed an ENT, we were comfortable using the ENT that the Pediatrician took her own children to.

Vampire Lake: flynn80: You can get away with a lot of things when you have a title of nobility in America and a catchy nickname by our sensationalist media.  Even if it is a repeat.
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Being from Michigan and old enough to remember Kevorkian, he was the first thing I thought of when I saw "Dr. Death"


Sometimes I wonder if he would have been treated better by the media if he didn't look so rough. Looking like an undertaker seemed to reinforce the Dr. Death nickname.
 
2018-09-12 02:44:05 PM  
The hospital administrator needs to be in jail, too. One of his surgeons was a clear, ongoing danger to his patients and he needed to be removed immediately.
 
2018-09-12 02:45:03 PM  
<i> When Dr Henderson began his repair surgery, he knew instantly that Efurd's was a malpractice case.</i>
But I will lay you any sum you care to name that he NEVER told the patient that and advised them to get a lawyer, NOR did he report the psycho doc to the state medical license board.   Doc have their own version of "the thin blue line" and it's sickening to see in action.   Knowing nurses as i do I am VERY surprised one of them didn't shut him the fark down when he started farking up
 
2018-09-12 02:45:04 PM  
FTA: "A recent survey found that 34 percent of patients rely on their own independent research to choose a health care provider."

So patients know more about their doctor than the doctor knows about medicine?
 
2018-09-12 02:46:26 PM  

Sockoffrogs: They call me Dr. Love
They call me Dr. Love, Calling Dr. Love
I've got the cure you're thinking of, Calling Dr. Love


🎶They call me Dr. Worm
I'm not a real doctor 🎶
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2018-09-12 02:49:29 PM  

vsavatar: That's worse than having a proctologist named Dr. Hook.


Dr Hook & The Medicine Show - 'Sylvia´s Mother' From Shel´s Houseboat!
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2018-09-12 02:52:34 PM  
There was a Doctor locally (female) whose last name was Kevorkian (not related).
Making an appointment with her was literally making an appointment with Dr. Kevorkian.
 
2018-09-12 02:56:38 PM  

mcsiegs: Also:

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I am going to speculate that if he was a bit more tanned, his business would not have lasted as long as it did in Texas.  Not that he was getting a pass from the state, but because his patients probably thought it made him as good as you could get.
 
2018-09-12 02:57:13 PM  

tricycleracer: My mom's doctor growing up was Dr. Slaughter so...


I thought it was Dr's Laughter!   Oh god, I made a horrible mistake...I need to cancel my upcoming colonoscopy!
 
2018-09-12 03:03:08 PM  

stir22: Psychopath.  Pure psycho path.  Been hearing about him for awhile now.  Hope he never gets out of prison.  The podcast re: the book Dr. Death is great, give it a listen.


I may not have a choice; most of my podcast feeds have been carpet-bombed by it, Apple/U2-style (sans perme).
 
2018-09-12 03:04:27 PM  

tricycleracer: My mom's doctor growing up was Dr. Slaughter so...


And you are still alive.
 
2018-09-12 03:04:53 PM  

vsavatar: That's worse than having a proctologist named Dr. Hook.


I like a doctor who takes pride in their work. 
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2018-09-12 03:06:36 PM  

flynn80: You can get away with a lot of things when you have a title of nobility in America and a catchy nickname by our sensationalist media.  Even if it is a repeat.
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I came here for that guy. Thank you.
 
2018-09-12 03:11:01 PM  
Doctor, Doctor,
Give me the news,
I've got a bad case
Of being disfigured by you
 
2018-09-12 03:14:23 PM  
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2018-09-12 03:15:28 PM  
Pffft.. amateur, Dr. Nick laughs at you.

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2018-09-12 03:15:35 PM  
Dr. Death podcast for PC:
https://art19.com/shows/dr-death

Dr. Death podcast for Apple stuff:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/i​d​1421573955
 
2018-09-12 03:16:31 PM  

soupafi: [d1tif55lvfk8gc.cloudfront.net image 850x593]/approves


Oglethorpe was tougher, what with the arrest, deportation and Canada's refusal to take him.
 
2018-09-12 03:17:22 PM  
Coincidentally started listening to the podcast last night. The supervisors at U of T who gave him glowing reviews despite knowing that he had a raging coke and alcohol problem, and certified him to practice neurosurgery despite having very little experience as a resident, ought to be working night shift at Denny's and selling their organs to pay off the lawsuits.
 
2018-09-12 03:18:19 PM  

bdub77: mcsiegs: Also:

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If Richter and Patton Oswalt had a baby...


came here to say the exact same thing.

Those two will have to fight over who gets to play Dr. Death in the movie.
 
2018-09-12 03:26:31 PM  
When I had spinal surgeries, my wife tracked down scrub nurses who worked with several in town. (Lawyers in med mal can find all kinds of info, fyi...)

One got high mark's for speed...but left more damage in his wake.

One was described as the guy who could maybe get your lawn hedge cut properly with a couple tries...

And one was farking slow and an asshat perfectionist to his nurses but with the lowest infection rates in the hospital.

Guess which did my surgeries?

If you can, always background check the crap out of people who will be intimate with your innards...
 
2018-09-12 03:45:37 PM  

tricycleracer: My mom's doctor growing up was Dr. Slaughter so...


Dr's laughter is the best medicine?
 
2018-09-12 03:49:36 PM  

flynn80: You can get away with a lot of things when you have a title of nobility in America and a catchy nickname by our sensationalist media.  Even if it is a repeat.
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Doesn't even seem accurate. Seems like some of his patients would have been grateful for death. Dr. Chronic Pain or Dr. Source-of-my-opioid-addiction doesn't roll off the tongue, unfortunately.
 
2018-09-12 03:49:38 PM  
I dated a girl whose OB/GYN was actually named Constance Payne.
 
2018-09-12 03:53:01 PM  
And not the only one: Check out Dr. Eric Sheffey or "Eric the Red" or Dr. Evil...

Houston orthopedic surgeon ERIC SCHEFFEY has been sued 78 times. He's paid out some $13 million to settle malpractice cases. At least five of his patients have died, and hundreds more have been seriously injured. So why did it take 24 years for state regulators-and his colleagues in the medical community-to stop him?
 
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