Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Searches: Let's start with the quacks

There were a lot of searches for various quacks today. I'll pull them together all in one place:

  • Dr. "George Klopfer" abortion: Ding! Ding! Ding! You've picked a winner! Klopfer's specialty seemed to have been botching abortions. And here you can scroll down to the story of Patricia T., whose loved, wanted, and perfectly healthy 10-week fetus Klopfer aborted after telling her the child had died. And to compound the injury, he lacerated Patricia so badly that she had to have a hysterectomy and could never have another chance at having a baby. An investigation into Chicago Loop Mediclinic, a seedy abortion mill where Klopfer worked for a while, noted that Klopfer and Ming Kow Hah competed to see who could do the most abortions quickly. Hah kept tally on his scrub suit. A staffer said, "When Hah is here, Klopfer really zips. Hah marks the patients on his leg, and if Klopfer sees that Hah's got a legful, he goes like wildfire to catch up." Here is a write-up with pictures about Klopfer's abandoned clinic.

  • ob/gyn, Dr. "Tommy Tucker": Another winner! This guy called his private practice "Birmingham Women's Medical Clinic", giving patients the impression that he ran a licensed clinic. He botched an abortion on Angela Hall, then canceled the ambulance his nurse had called, delaying much needed care, with fatal results. He was such a quack he managed to kill a patient in 1994 when he was supposed to be just removing her Norplant.

  • Dr. Joe Bills Reynolds: This guy was responsible for the abortion death of 21-year-old Gaylene Golden. Reynolds' anesthetist, age 60, had originally been hired as a janitor, and an untrained orderly was acting as his nurse. The operating room was littered with dirty cups and papers. Reynolds tried to collect $500,000 on his wife's life insurance after she bled to death after he opened 25-inch incision, ostensibly for liposuction, on September 7, 1989. Reynolds was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter. He voluntarily surrendered his Oklahoma license.
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