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US doctor may have killed 60

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 16 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:657
  1. David Woods
  1. Philadelphia

    A 45 year old doctor has been sentenced to life imprisonment in a federal court in New York for murdering three patients in a Long Island hospital seven years ago. But Dr Michael Swango, who is already in prison for possession of narcotics and fraud, is thought to have murdered many more patients—possibly as many as 60—and several colleagues.

    His case has similarities to that of Harold Shipman, the English GP who was sent to prison in February for murdering 15 of his patients and who is suspected of killing many more (5 February, …

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