I've written before about a doctor who was accused of misdiagnosing over 500 patients with cancer in order to "treat them" and make more money, and I thought that was pretty awful.
But I just read something even more awful, so allow me to share it. Maybe one of you can explain to me how anyone is capable of this.
This is Christopher Duntsch. I hadn't heard about him until tonight, but he was first accused of malpractice years ago. He thankfully hadn't bee practicing for some time (according to this, he lost it in 2013 and wasn't able to reapply) but he did things that seem unthinkable: cutting into someone's esophagus thinking it was a tumor, purposefully leaving a sponge in the same man's throat, operating while (possibly) under the influence of cocaine.
At least 15 patients say they have been maimed by him. Others have died on the operating table in procedures where deaths are so rare it is considered suspicious.
A few weeks ago, he was indicted last week on charges that include five counts of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.
Initially, I was thinking "maybe he's just really bad at his job," until I read excerpts from emails he sent in 2011:
"I am ready to leave the love and kindness and goodness and patience that I mix with everything else that I am and become a cold blooded killer."
"Anyone close to me thinks that I likely am something between god, Einstein and the antichrist."
"What I am being is what I am, one of kind, a mother f****** stone cold killer that can buy or own or steal or ruin or build whatever he wants."
Chilling stuff. I hope that there aren't many more doctors out there like this, and if there are, hope that the people who share operating rooms with them are observant enough to prevent them from staying in the healthCARE industry any longer.