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When Doctors Kill

Who, Why, and How
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ISBN-13:
9781441913685
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
21.05.2010
Seiten:
253
Autor:
Joshua A. Perper
Gewicht:
393 g
Format:
236x156x15 mm
Serie:
Copernicus
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Physicians are generally viewed as caring and compassionate members of society, dedicated individuals charged with healing the helpless. The public is invariably fascinated when one of the "good guys" turns bad. When Doctors Kill: Who, Why, and How examines health care professionals involved in serial killings, unethical human experimentation, and mass murder. The moral quagmire involved in the practice of modern medicine, including abortion, "mercy killings", and euthanasia, are also discussed.
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Preface
Section 1: Ethics and the Physician

In the Beginning

Perfect Intentions, Imperfect People

Section 2: When Doctors Kill

The Alpha Killers: Three Prolific Murderous Doctors

America's Contribution to Medical Mayhem

International Men of Mystery: Other Serial Killers

To Catch a Killer: Investigating Serial Murder
The Nazi Murders

Section 3: In the Name of Science

Hitler's 'Scientists'

Made in Japan- Unethical Experiments

Good Old Fashioned American Ingenuity-and Evil

Physician Kill Thyself: The Story of Dr. Gwinn E. Puig

Section 4: Politics and Medicine

Libel Plots Against Physicians

Judge, Jury, Executioner, and Doctor

Trading Treatment for Terror

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Section 5: What Now?

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: What Would Hippocrates Do?

Malpractice or Murder?

It's All Natural!

Contagious Caregivers

Fictitious Physicians: Where has Marcus Welby Gone?

Doctors to the Stars

References
It would come as no surprise that many readers may be shocked and intrigued by the title of our book. Some (especially our medical colleagues) may wonder why it is even worthwhile to raise the issue of killing by doctors. Killing is clearly an- thetical to the Art and Science of Medicine, which is geared toward easing pain and suffering and to saving lives rather than smothering them. Doctors should be a source of comfort rather than a cause for alarm. Nevertheless, although they often don't want to admit it, doctors are people too. Physicians have the same genetic library of both endearing qualities and character defects as the rest of us but their vocation places them in a position to intimately interject themselves into the lives of other people. In most cases, fortunately, the positive traits are dominant and doctors do more good than harm. While physicists and mathematicians paved the road to the stars and deciphered the mysteries of the atom, they simultaneously unleashed destructive powers that may one day bring about the annihilation of our planet. Concurrently, doctors and allied scientists have delved into the deep secrets of the body and mind, mastering the anatomy and physiology of the human body, even mapping the very molecules that make us who we are. But make no mistake, a person is not simply an elegant b- logical machine to be marveled at then dissected.