Monday, 10 October 2011

First do no harm

I am usually pretty careful in posting, and replying, to ensure I don’t give away any clues to my identity. This even goes as far as refusing to deny specific guesses. Even though there are over 200,000 doctors on the register I am not going to narrow the field down. 

In trying to identify me it is obvious that one of the first steps would be simply to google “Dr Zorro”. Anyone who does this would be directed to my blog, but they would also find a specific individual who has been called that. I would like to make it quite clear that I am NOT Dr Allen Zarkin. Dr Zarkin has been dubbed Dr Zorro because, at the end of performing a Caesarian section, he quite deliberately cut his initials into the patient’s abdomen.

For a doctor to deliberately mutilate his patient , as opposed to causing damage by mistake or incompetence, is extremely rare, but not unknown. In fact I have only been able to find two other cases. Of the three doctors involved two were obstetrician/gynaecologists and both appear to have been mentally ill. Dr Zarkin is said to have had Pick’s disease, while the other one is clearly a raving psychopath. The last one however appears simply to have had a really bad day.

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