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The Strange Case of Dr. Kappler: The Doctor Who Became a Killer
by Keith Ablow
In this "captivating, thought-provoking tale of tragedy and the judicial system . . . Dr. Ablow has succeeded in untangling the complex tragedy of unrecognized and untreated mental illness" (Carol C. Nadelson, M.D., former president, American Psychiatric Association).
Paperback, 236 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Free Press
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This is a quick, interesting read. It's also reminiscent of The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder, which I also enjoyed. Keith Ablow is a doctor as well as a journalist/writer, and he knew one of Dr. Kappler's victims personally, which inspired him to write this book. It's an eye-opening look into the reality that doctors are all to willing to protect their own, even when there are doctors like Dr. Kappler amongst them who are evil/insane. Recommended!
The treatment of mental illness and the diagnosis of it has difficulties. In this case for most of his life he was a functional person. Though his wife may have helped mask some early signs. People that kill should be imprisoned, if it is a mental hospital imprisonment I would be fine with that.
Keith Russell Ablow is an American psychiatrist, New York Times best-selling author, and television personality.More about Keith Ablow...