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BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 27 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:h

A British general practitioner, much loved by his patients, murdered at least 215 of them and probably killed another 45 (p 181). It took him more than 20 years. The important questions seem to be why; why wasn't he detected sooner; and could it happen again? Nobody knows why Harold Shipman killed, but a High Court judge has speculated that he was “addicted to killing.” Once he'd started he seemed unable to stop—and needed “larger doses.” He got away with it for so long because he was trusted, the practice of singlehanded general practitioners was largely unmonitored, and the authorities …

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