Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor get away with MurderBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7237.809 (Published 18 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:809
- David Woods, president
- Healthcare Media International, Philadelphia, USA
James B Stewart
Simon and Schuster, £17.91, pp 334
ISBN 0 671 04421 4
There is ample precedent for physicians flouting the Hippocratic admonition, “First, do no harm,” and, directly or indirectly, accounting for multiple deaths. Dr Joseph Mengele's handiwork has been much documented; more vicariously, Dr Joseph Guillotin's inventiondid away with a fair number of folk, as did Dr Richard Gatling's gun, which fired 350 shots a minute.
But Dr Michael Swango, the subject of this meticulously researched and highly readablebook, was a fully fledged psychopath who killed for the sheer thrill of it. And …