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The worst doctors of all times
We've all seen our fair share of evil doctors and mad scientists in movies, cartoons and read about them in fiction, but most of us never took it to heart. I never considered these things could exist or happen, actually. Now, the mad doctors in our minds still don't sound real, but I assure you, there were a lot of them, and we can never be sure if some evil scientists are real and scheming and planning bad things even now as you are reading this.
I know I never believed unreal scenarios, but after a research that allowed me to compile the information below, I admit to having certain chills running up and down my spine. These people were and perhaps are among us, genuinely believing in their causes and working quietly in the background. And yet they call themselves doctors.
Doctors are supposed to be people who help those who are ill and in need of treatment. Even though most of them do just that, history has witnessed some extreme opposites. It was a real ordeal to rank these killer doctors, but in the end it does not matter. The following parts contain interesting facts about evil doctors who were, if you ask me, horrible cases of the God complex.
This article will talk about the most evil doctors who embody all things cruel and atrocious, wearing a white mantel with an excuse of "helping" you feel all better! The facts are actually from some of the books I listed below that describe the details of their crimes, their careers as evil surgeons and their downfalls. It is safe to say that not all of us can stomach such information.
With no further ado - meet some of the worst doctors of all times!
Do you believe that all people are either good or evil? - Or are we all somewhere in between, leaning towards one of the extremes?
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The following parts are based on true facts, and a result of a lot of research. Some of the persons and events mentioned below may not be suitable for people with weak stomachs. With that said, I hope you find the topic interesting.
5. Shipman, Harold
This doctor was maybe the first doctor in history to become infamous as a serial killer. But how did this happen?
Adored by his patients (mainly elderly women), Harold Shipman, the demented M.D. had an easy time finding and killing his victims. This monster of a doctor committed around 400 gruesome murders, most of the victims being so horribly disfigured that they barely linked them to him. The number may be even larger!
In 1974 he became a general physician in West Yorkshire, and a year later he was caught stealing pethidin for his personal usage. He was punished, but he did not lose his licence. Over time, many of his patients died, mostly from diamorphin (medical term for heroin). Many people started worrying because of the number of death certificates Shipman was signing day by day, and that eventually led to an investigation against him.
Because of Shipman's success as a killer, British heath care had somewhat of a reality check, altering and modifiying structures related to the medical area. Perhaps this was the only good that came out of this case.
Doctor Harold Frederick Shipman died in January 2004 in prison, after being convicted and sentenced to serve fifteen consecutive lifetimes in prison.
More about Harold Shipman in these books:
If you wish to know the details, then these are the books to go for. But since Shipman's case was well covered by the media, you can learn a lot just by doing a bit of research. After all, that's what I did.
Addicted to Murder-Harold ShipmanCHECK PRICE
History of British Serial Killing: The Shocking Account of Jack the Ripper, Harold Shipman and BeyondCHECK PRICE
Prescription for Murder: The True Story of Dr. Harold Frederick ShipmanCHECK PRICE
4. Freeman, Walter
Walter Freeman was a neurologist who graduated in Yale and the Medical Faculty of the Pennsylvania University. Even though his first experiments were not done with bad intentions, Freeman soon became one of the notoriously feared doctors after doing over 3000 lobotomies.
He performed his first lobotomy in 1936 along with James Watts, using the ice pick method. Freeman was an infamous doctor in his day and age - tales were told about his successful surgical operations that healed many! But were his methods as popular?
There was an incident regarding Freeman in the media (he allowed the media to be present at some of his lobotomies) when an ice pick accidentally slipped into his patient's brain. Do you know what he did? Nothing, he continued operating on the dead man.
Another interesting fact is that Freeman used to do over 20 lobotomies a day, sometimes all by himself and using only local anesthetic! The word out there was that even the best surgeons, who were experts, used to faint at Freeman's operations!
Want to know more about Freeman? Or lobotomies? Useful:
We all heard about lobotomies but knowing how these surgeries were performed takes a bit of a toll for anyone with a weaker stomach. In fact, I chose not to share some of the information I found just because of that. If you can read about this topic without cringing in distaste, kudos to you!
The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental IllnessCHECK PRICE
American Experience: The Lobotomist (2008)CHECK PRICE
The Pest Maiden: A Story of Lobotomy [Paperback]CHECK PRICE
3. Clauberg, Carl
Carl Clauberg was born in 1898 into a family of craftsmen. He served as an infantryman in the First World War, but after that he studied medicine and became a doctor.
Carl Clauberg was one of the many doctors who experimented in the Nazi concentration camps, and particularly in Auschwitz. He turned Nazi in 1933, and in 1943 he approached Heinrich Himmler with a proposal to massively sterilize women. Himmler approved of the plan and authorized Clauberg to do his experiments, turning Block 10 of the concentration camp into a private laboratory for Clauberg.
Clauberg was desperate to find a cheap and simple way to sterilize women. He often used acidic mixures and directly injected them into the uterus of his victims. He removed the damaged ovaries and then sent them to Berlin for further research. The estimated number of surviving sterilized victims were around 700 or more women, mostly Jewish. Others died or struggled with serious infections which caused permanent damage to their bodies.
Clauberg was captured by the Soviets and in 1948 he was put on trial in the Soviet Union, where he was sentenced to 25 years. However, he was released due to exchange of prisoners and returned to Germany. After that he was arrested again, trialed again, but to no avail.
He died of a heart attack before being sentenced.
More about Clauberg and Nazi experimentation during World War II:
While it was hard for me to find something focusing on Clauberg in particular, the vast number of research papers and books on the topic of Nazi experiments astounded me. And Clauberg is mentioned in most of those.
Architects of Annihilation: Auschwitz and the Logic of DestructionCHECK PRICE
The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing And The Psychology Of GenocideCHECK PRICE
Murderous Medicine: Nazi Doctors, Human Experimentation, and TyphusCHECK PRICE
2. Ishii, Shiro
Shiro Ishii was a Japanese doctor and microbiologist. He was the head of the biological war unit during the time of the Second China-Japan War. Despite the fact that he was notorious for being aggressive and selfish, Ishii was a prodigy in school and that got him stationed in the First Military Hospital in Tokyo.
In 1932 he was chosen by the Japanese Army to start biological warfare research which he gladly accepted. In 1942, Ishii started conducting experiments of germ warfare on Chinese prisoners, and even civilians. He tested the effects of anthrax, cholera, plague, and many others. He also performed various bizarre experiments on people such as forced spontaneous abortions, heart attack simulations, stroke simulations, hypothermia, freezing of body parts etc.
Shiro Ishii was arrested after the war by the Americans, but was granted immunity in exchange for his bio-warfare knowledge. He died in Tokyo, allegedly of throat cancer, in 1960, although this has never been confirmed.
Photo Credit: Shiro Ishii
More about Ishii and biological warfare in WW2:
Some of these testimonies are so horrible that I chose to share with you only those books that are a bit lighter. But only a bit.
731: Secret Ishii Shiro and germ warfare unit (paperback)CHECK PRICE
Unit 731: Japan's Secret Biological Warfare in World War IICHECK PRICE
THE DEVIL'S DOCTORS: Japanese Human Experiments on Allied Prisoners of WarCHECK PRICE
1. Mengele, Josef
The German SS Officer and a Nazi doctor, Josef Mengele is probably the most famous name on this list. Mengele was in charge of determining which prisoners were strong enough for forced labor, and which were too weak - and deserved to be killed!
Mengele not only determined the fates of millions of people, he was also known for his bizarre human experiments. In Auschwitz, Mengele was very interested in genetics, and he often experimented on identical twins. It is presumed that he took 10 sets of twins at a time, put them to sleep to be able to kill the with chloroform, and then he would dissect them in order to analyse the similarities and differences between their bodies.
He is also notorious for his attempts of sewing people together, detaching and re-attaching limbs, attempts to change the eye color etc. All his attempts and experiments revolved around one main idea - one main goal - the expansion of the German race!
Rumor has it that after the war, Mengele was speculated to have escaped to South America, and that there was a village there that reported births of only identical twins. Is there a connection? We may never know.
More about Mengele:
I'm sure we all know at least something about this man, but it's interesting to read about theories of how he escaped and how his life looked like after the war.
Mengele: The Complete Story [Paperback]CHECK PRICE
Echoes from Auschwitz: Dr. Mengele's Twins: The Story of Eva & Miriam MozesCHECK PRICE
The Search for Mengele (1985)CHECK PRICE