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Medical Murder

Disturbing Cases of Doctors Who Kill

Medical Murder by Robert M. Kaplan
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In January 2000, world-wide headlines announced that Dr Harold Shipman, an English GP, had been found guilty of murdering fifteen of his patients. Before the trial, many assumed Shipman was an over-zealous doctor accused of going too far in providing comfort to dying elderly patients. This was not the case. Shipman deliberately and callously murdered not just fifteen, but several hundred patients making him a medical serial killer of extreme dimensions.

Forensic psychiatrist Dr Rob Kaplan has made an extensive study of doctors who kill. In addition to Shipman, he has delved into the worlds of such monsters as Dr Harry Bailey, the Sydney psychiatrist who dispatched numerous patients with the discredited Deep Sleep Therapy. Then there is Dr Radovan Karadzic, the psychiatrist who led the genocide during the Bosnian War, murderers from history like Dr William Palmer who poisoned his victims for insurance money, and more recent cases like Dr Jayant Patel who terrorised the Bundaberg hospital.

Doctor Robert Kaplan is a forensic psychiatrist and historian based at the Liaison Clinic in Wollongong, NSW.

Allen & Unwin; June 2009
240 pages; ISBN 9781741765779
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Title: Medical Murder
Author: Robert M. Kaplan