book also describes "typical" serial killers, the science
of profiling, and stories of "minor players," physicians
who also violated their solemn oath to "do no harm."
the author: Kenneth V. Iserson, M.D., MBA, FACEP, is a professor
of emergency medicine and director of the Arizona Bioethics Program
at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. In his medical
career, he has driven ambulances, served in the Air Force Medical
Corps, worked with the Baltimore, MD, medical examiner's office,
directed the medical activities of the Southern Arizona Rescue
Association. He is also the author of hundreds of scientific articles
and numerous books, including Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead
Bodies, 2nd ed.; Iserson's Getting Into a Residency: A Guide for
Medical Students, 5th ed.; Grave Words: Notifying Survivors about
Sudden, Unexpected Deaths; Get Into Medical School: A Guide for
the Perplexed; and Ethics in Emergency Medicine, 2nd ed. (senior
editor). He has been interviewed by numerous organizations, including
NPR's All Things Considered and Fresh Air, CBS's Up to the Minute,
NBC's Dateline, BBC International, and the Canadian Broadcasting
Company, and was recently cited in the New Yorker.
Praise for Demon Doctors: Physicians as Serial Killers:
must read. It holds new information about a type of serial killer
previously not dealt with in any detail. A wealth of information
is presented but, more importantly, the book, Demon Doctors, adds
to the knowledge in the field of serial murder. I welcome it to
my own library and will recommend it to others. Congratulations
are offered to Dr. Iserson for a splendid effort. Remember his
name, it will become an important one in this field. "
Vice President, The National Center for the Study of Unresolved
"Dr. Iserson skillfully lifts the curtain on this dark side
of medicine. He is especially effective in describing the germ
warfare atrocities Japanese scientists and medical doctors committed
in China. Some of the culprits were psychopaths, but most were
ordinary men and women who followed orders. A troubling but important
study. Highly recommended."
Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 193245,
and the American Cover-Up
Iserson raises a warning flag, not only about serial-killing doctors,
but also about the laxity of the medical profession in selecting
new professionals and weeding out those who are dangerous."
President, Medfilms Inc.
emptor. Patients and others shouldnt get this book unless
they are willing to have their worlds turned upside-down!"
Associate Professor, Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
of Kentucky Medical School at Lexington
an avid reader of true crime, Demon Doctors was even more fascinating
and horrific because all the murderers were physicians like myself."
Director, Urgent Care, University Medical Center, Tucson, AZ
fascinating, concisely written, informative text about exceptional
crime and criminals. Contains little-known forensic history and
Clinical psychologist, First Correctional Medical
fascinating read, dealing as it does with breaches of that rarest
of thingsabsolute trust among strangers. Think about it:
in these managed care days, what do you really know about your
Executive Director of the Pima County, Arizona Medical Society
the critics say about Demon Doctors: Physicians as Serial Killers:"
Iserson's timely book cannot fail to grab our attention as he
collates details of the murderous careers of doctors whose victims
were (predominantly, though not exclusively) their patients. The
result is a catalogue of malevolence that would make for singularly
chilling episodes in any documentary about the human capacity
for cruelty and disregard for others' lives. . . .Dr. Iserson
has performed a remarkable service."
New England Journal of Medicine, October 17, 2002, Vol. 347, No.
possess a unique opportunity to commit murder, both with their
access to chemicals and their ability to sign a death certificate.
. . . Each physician in this study represents a completely motivated
and successful murderer. . . . This riveting study of transgression
could only be written by someone working with the precision of
Tucson Weekly, Sept. 5-Sept. 11, 2002
more information on Dr. Holmes' s life of crime and villainy,
check out this first-ever feature-length documentary film, produced,
written, and directed by John Borowski: H.H. Holmes: America's
First Serial Killer,
threaded with on-location footage from Holmes' past haunts, reenactments,
expert interviews, and period photography:http://www.hhholmesthefilm.com/
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