Dr. Werner Forssmann fed a catheter into an artery in his arm and on into his heart without knowing what the consequences would be. He then made an X-ray as proof. This procedure eventually revolutionised heart surgery. In 1956 he was awarded with the Nobel Price for Physiology or Medicine.
Argentina’s Antarctic research base, Brown Station, was burned to the ground in 1984 by the base’s doctor because he was told he had to stay the winter.
The original drummer of The Offspring became a medical doctor. During a malpractice lawsuit against him he saved a jurors life causing a mistrial by tainted jury pool.
In the 1960’s an American doctor tested if his patients could develop immunity to cancer by injecting them with cancer cells without their consent. He went on to be president of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Doctors used to prescribe ‘Obecalp,’ a sugar pill that is literally ‘placebo’ spelled backwards, for various illnesses such as psychosomatic disorders and chronic ailments.
The “Doctor” title was appropriated by physicians, who took it from academia. History has dictated the use of the courtesy title Dr by physicians and general practitioners. However, surgeons do not use the title of Dr and, due to the origins of surgery with the barber surgeons.
Drayton Daugherty was a doctor who cured a dying man by pretending to undo a voodoo hex in a last ditch effort after modern medicine didn’t work. The man believed he was cured and lived for ten more years.
Hans Münch was a doctor known as The Good Man of Auschwitz because he refused to assist in the atrocities. His experiments were elaborate farces intended to protect inmates. He was the only person acquitted of crimes at the 1947 Auschwitz trials after many inmates testified in his favour.
For 30 years Paul Shuen was one of Canada’s most respected obstetricians and gynecologists. His license to practise in Ontario was revoked after it was discovered that, since deliveries paid more on weekends, he was drugging his patients without their knowledge to induce labor on Saturday.