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December 11, 2002

KillersDemon Doctors: Physicians as Serial Killers

Author Affiliations
 

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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by Kenneth V. Iserson, 441 pp, with illus, paper, $28.95, ISBN 1-883620-29-5, Tucson, Ariz, Galen Press, 2002.s

JAMA. 2002;288(22):2896-2897. doi:10.1001/jama.288.22.2896-JBK1211-2-1

The release of this book about murderous physicians with Lake Erie–sized lacunae in their consciences coincides with a vigorous effort by medical organizations to promote professionalism in both American and European medicine. For instance, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, responsible for accrediting all post-MD medical training programs within the United States, has included "professionalism" as one of six general competencies to be attained by residents. Similarly, a collaborative effort launched in 1999 by the American College of Physicians-American Society for Internal Medicine Foundation, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, and the European Federation of Internal Medicine (representing more than 20 countries) has produced The Physician Charter on Medical Professionalism. Like other documents addressing the practice of ethical medicine, the charter espouses the "primacy of patients' welfare." The reader of Demon Doctors will encounter stories about physicians whose behavior was the diametric opposite of this principle.

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