34 Outrageous Facts About Interesting Doctors & Their Patients

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1Dr. Farid Fata

In 2015, a Michigan doctor named Dr. Farid Fata was sentenced to 45 years in prison for giving chemotherapy to patients who didn't actually have cancer.

2. Dr. Howard Jones in 1978 was forced into retirement due to rigid age restrictions for surgeons at Johns Hopkins. Rather than end his medical career, Jones moved to Virginia, where in 1981 at the age of 70, he performed the first IVF case in the United States. He died in 2015 at the age of 104.

3. In 2009, when a doctor named Richard Barista was served divorce papers by his wife, he proceeded to sue her for the return of the kidney he gave her 8 years ago. He requested her to pay $1.5 million for the organ he had donated and insisted that his cash-for-kidney claim was the direct result of his wife's behavior.

4. In London, Ontario a flame of hope was lit in 1989 as a tribute to Dr. Frederick Banting and all the people that have lost their lives to diabetes. The flame will remain lit until there is a cure for diabetes.

5. A female doctor from Brazil, after being fed up with the burglars jumping over her fence and stealing her belongings, taped a dozen HIV-infected syringes atop her metal fence with a warning board saying, “Wall with HIV positive blood. No trespassing.”

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6Dr. Christopher Duntsch

A reckless neurosurgeon named Dr. Christopher Duntsch in Texas killed and paralyzed several patients over 18 months in spite of many formal complaints of his malpractice by fellow neurosurgeons.

7. A doctor named Haing Ngor survived 4 years of genocide under the Khmer Rouge by pretending to be uneducated. After moving to America, he starred in a movie - as a man faking stupidity to survive the Khmer Rouge. He won an Oscar.

8. In 1961, a surgeon named Leonid Rogozov diagnosed himself with acute appendicitis when was in Antarctica as part of a Russian expedition. With no other options, he performed the surgery on himself over 2 hours.

9. An dentist named Ben L. Salomon who was serving in the US Army during World War 2 was shot 24 times while defending an aid station from the Japanese. Although he killed up to 98 attackers, allowing the wounded to be evacuated, his Medal of Honor was delayed because medical officers were not supposed to bear arms against the enemy.

10. A UK heart surgeon named Mr. Francis Wells has pioneered a new way to repair damaged hearts after being inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's medical drawings.

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11Claudio Vitale

An Italian brain surgeon named Claudio Vitale had a heart attack in the middle of an operation. He powered through it when he realized his patient would never recover if he stopped.

12. In 2004, a dentist named Dr. John Hall was charged after he made female patients unwittingly swallow his semen during visits to his clinic. He told them he was "going to put something in her mouth that would taste funny, but would stop the bleeding."

13. A neurosurgeon named Dr. Robert White performed a successful head transplant of a monkey in the 1970's. The monkey could hear, smell, taste and feel for several minutes.

14. A British Army surgeon named Rick Jolly in the Falklands conflict saved every life under his care, both British and Argentine. He was the only man decorated by both Britain and Argentina for his services in the war.

15. A British naval doctor named James Lind figured out how to “treat” scurvy with lemons and oranges. He then published his findings which were well received. The British navy continued to supply sailors with less effective lime juice and scurvy continued as a major cause of death for a century.

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The first female Athenian doctor (Agnodice) had to dress as a man in order to get her education and practice medicine because being a female doctor was a capital crime, but when she became the most popular doctor in town among women in her male guise, the other doctors accused her of seducing her patients.

17. A surgeon named Alexis Carrel was able to keep a chicken's heart tissue alive for over 20 years without it being attached to a body, deeming the cells, "immortal."

18. After receiving a local anesthetic and root-canal treatment at his dentist, a 38-year old man has been experiencing a real 'Groundhog Day' type of memory loss. For the better part of a decade, he has woken up every morning thinking it is the day of his original dentist's appointment.

19. Surgeons wear green or blue-colored scrubs because they're complementary to red (blood), thus allowing the surgeon to better visualize the patient's inside and avoiding eye strain, loss of concentration and the 'after effect' illusion.

20. A doctor named Duncan MacDougall once attempted to prove that the human soul had weight by placing dying patients on a giant scale at the moment of death.

21Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

A female American surgeon named Dr. Mary Edwards Walker during the Civil War, stood on the Union front lines for nearly two years, including the wake of the bloody Battle of Chickamauga. She is the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor.

22. A Nazi doctor named Josef Mengele sewed two twins together back to back in an attempt to create conjoined twins. The children died of gangrene after several days of suffering.

23. A dentist named Edgar Parker legally changed his first name to "Painless", when he was accused of breaking a false advertisement law by claiming that his dentistry was truly painless.

24. Doctors' sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually in the United States.

25. In 2009, a transplant surgeon named Tomoaki Kato performed a 23-hour operation termed 'ex vivo surgery', where all of the patient's abdominal organs were removed and then reimplanted in order to excise a tumor.


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