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Patient murders urologist 21 years after receiving diagnosis

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4363 (Published 20 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4363
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

A California urologist who helped to diagnose urethral stricture in a patient was murdered two decades later by the same man, who was convinced that the resulting operation—in which the urologist took no part—had ruined his life.

Stanwood Elkus, 79, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Ronald Gilbert, who was 53 in 2013 when Elkus booked an appointment under a false name, then shot him 10 times as he walked through the consulting room door. He told a nurse as he emerged: “I’m insane. Call the police.”

The retired barber’s grudge dated from 1992, …

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