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The commonality of fake doctors and medical errors

People in New London often hear stories of medical doctors who make mistakes that lead to the worsened medical condition of a patient. However, it is important to know that some of these mistakes may not be committed by a licensed physician, but by a person who is pretending to be a doctor.

A man from Putnam was convicted of impersonating a doctor. According to NBC Connecticut, the man had previously administered methadone to women at a drug treatment center. It is unknown whether the women suffered any injury from the drug or from the sexual experiments he conducted on them. There is no information on how he managed to accomplish the charade or how long he worked there before the deception was uncovered.

CNN states that in the U.S., the number of people who have passed themselves off as a physician are in the hundreds. Searches online reveal dozens of stories concerning imposters who have caused harm to patients. The stories relate victims across the country who suffered permanent disfiguration, humiliation when the imposter was revealed, infection, additional surgeries and death. These fake doctors have been found to have committed dozens of medical mistakes from botched injections for beauty enhancement to administering bogus treatments for cancer.

People posing as doctors have been found in private offices, treatment centers and even hospitals. Their objective is usually to obtain easy money or even drugs from pharmaceutical companies, which they then dispense to patients, putting them at risk of overdose and physical damage. Before visiting a new physician, people should take the time to make sure the physician is properly licensed.

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