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Blind Eye: Dokter Pencabut Nyawa (Kisah Nyata Dokter Psikopat, Pembunuh Berantai Terkejam dalam Sejarah Amerika)

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“Seorang dokter psikopat menjadi pembunuh berantai. Tiga puluh lima orang pasien tewas diracun. Sejumlah paramedis juga ikut menjadi korbannya. FBI menyatakan sang dokter bertanggung jawab atas enam puluh pembunuhan. Ia dijuluki sebagai Dokter Pencabut Nyawa....”

Tiada yang percaya bahwa seorang dokter muda yang tampan bisa menjadi seorang pembunuh berantai. Di mana pun ia
Paperback, 552 pages
Published September 2008 by Dastan Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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David Schwan
Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went to college with the subject of this book, Michael Swango at Quincy University. When I knew him he seemed a normal person who worked long hours paying his way through college, and medical school.

This book highlights why the medical profession is not good at policing itself for problem doctors.
Amar Pai
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to rack up body count as a serial killer, the best way is to be a doctor or nurse. You can kill so many people before getting caught.

This book is about serial killer doctor Michael Swango. The whole story is crazy. You can't believe how long he gets away with it.

The book has a justified tone of anger at the medical establishment, which fails to police itself. Doctors close ranks, hospitals are more concerned with avoiding scandals then with investigating reports of murder. So many nu
Jill Hutchinson
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Author and Pulitzer Prize winner James B. Stewart puts together the story of Dr. Michael Swango, an attractive, pleasant and intelligent physician, who in reality is a serial killer. Swango practically bluffed his way through medical school; not because he wasn't qualified but because strange things happened to his patients when he was present....too many people with non-life threatening conditions were suddenly dying. This trend followed him into his residency and the medical schools involved t ...more
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read so many sociopath books it's starting to look bad... If I were to ever be picked up by the police and they investigated my library record I would be locked up for sure.
This was truly a 5-star read -- a well-written, well-researched and utterly frightening true story. The story never dragged for a minute, even when the author was describing the CYA politics of the medical profession and the many hands the evidence passed through without anyone ever noticing the glaring fact that people were being murdered under their noses. A rather sly comment the author made towards the end -- stating essentially that MDs see themselves as fundamentally different from other p ...more
Interesting book. I found the beginning to be a bit dragged down in details to the point of being incredibly boring (after a dramatic introduction we are subjected to chapter after chapter on his childhood and how distant the father is etc) but after the story gets towards the crimes it's interesting. I hadn't heard of this serial murderer before reading this book and I find it chilling how the events progressed. I'm amazing at how uninteresting the writing is for the subject, though it is incre ...more
Amy R
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We had to read this book for work and it is creepy (I work in a Medical Staff Office at a Hospital). Makes you realize that your job is very important!
A simply horrifying story of a doctor who may have killed up to 60 patients .... and yet was hired time and again by various hospitals around the world. Even back in medical school. Michael Swango raised suspicion from his fellow students, yet the school would not listen and did not act. OSU (Ohio State University) basically stonewalled law enforcement authorities and gave Swango recommendations so he was hired at other hospitals.

He served 5 years in prison, had a long history of dubious behavi
Dec 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes people placed in positions of public trust turn out to be the bad guys - rogue cops, pedophile teachers, baby-stealing nurses. When we hear stories about these individuals, perhaps we pause a minute in wonder or just pass it off as a failure somewhere in The System.

What we don't often hear about is a doctors. Except for patient fondling by a few dentists and a handful of shrinks, doctors enjoy a pretty respected position high above other trusted figures. Maybe it's the commitment to so
May 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating story about an oddball misfit who somehow got into medical school, remained weird and aloof, began killing patients in ways that allowed him to be there pronouncing time of death, but just kept getting away with it. Most troubling and revealing was the way that the medical school stymied the investigative and reporting efforts of the few students who gradually became convinced "Dr. Death" (as they'd nicknamed him) was killing patients. What had tipped the students off was the man's c ...more
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This was a chilling encounter my medical student informed me of since "Dr. Death" began his killing at THE Ohio State. Stewart neatly chronicles this nearly unbelievable story well- it boggled my mind to read the first hand accounts of this psychopath's actions. Hiding behind gallows humor and the idea that a good bedside manner is optional for a good physician this guy slinked through med school by the skin of his teeth. It's even more terrifying how his charm was directed in such a self-s ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fascinating and horrifying at the same time. It reminds me of Catholic priest paedophiles. They simply got moved to new parishes and this doctor simply moved from hospital to hospital, state to state and eventually out of the country. It seems that hospitals were more afraid of being sued than the fact they might have a murderer on staff. I wonder where he is today!
May 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of love and life. No, wait a minute. That's not it at all.

This is the story of Michael Swango, a doctor who got a thrill out of poisoning patients. What's more amazing than the number of people he poisoned (some died, some didn't), was the ineptitude, and negligence of hospital administrators that continued to hire him.

This is investigative journalism at it's best.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
James B. Stewart’s, Blind Eye, is a true book on how a young doctor, Michael Swango, poisoned and murdered patients and co-workers. The book follows records and stories of Swango wherever he went from Ohio, to Illinois, to New York and South Dakota. Swango had a good first impression and was looked upon as the exemplar physician, little did everyone know the blind eye they had to his criminal activities.
Throughout the book Stewart explains how the medical community knew about Swango’s shenaniga
Joe Rodeck
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You must be mistaken. Doctors don't give injections at all. That's the nurses' job."

Society's adulation of doctors and the singular privilege we grant them to drug us is what makes these crimes seem so sacrilegious. Interesting throughout, the story of the doctor who poisons patients also takes some serious shots at the AMA:

The Ohio board allowed . . .

Doctors convicted of felonies such as drug trafficking, insurance fraud, forgery, theft, sexual assault, and drug abuse to remain in practice.

Nancy Regan
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than an exposé of a physician psychopath, Blind Eye is an indictment of the medical establishment's premise that the profession has the right to regulate itself. Eighteen years after this book was first published, the National Practitioner Data Bank, maintained at the expense of the US taxpayer, "does not include any information that identifies individual practitioners or reporting entities." Fortunately for health care consumers, the subject of this book is now serving three consecutive li ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How scary to think that someone who decides to be a doctor would kill patients.  But what was more scary is the way that those in administration glossed over the accusations for fear of being sued.  We have become a society where we sue for so many reasons and courts grant unreasonable awards,
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: Mom
Shelves: adult
This was one of those great nonfiction books that reads like a novel, so it's entertaining AND you learn about something! : ) I also enjoyed it b/c I'm in the health care field. But it was a page-turner and I'd recommend it to anyone!
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like True crime....this was a good book.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True story. Fascinating. SO MANY turned a Blind Eye to this guy. A lesson in the importance of speaking up.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrifying! Hits close to home since he spent some time in Columbus. Gives some good insight on the healthcare system and how we check ourselves.
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
As one might expect, the medical establishment has not been happy with this book. A quick look at reveals more than 70 customer reviews. Those with apparent ties to medicine look askance; those without medical affiliation loved the book although it terrified most readers, including me. Forget traditional vampire and slasher books; this is the real horror Story.

Michael Swango is a charming, debonair, handsome, and intelligent young man. He’s also a psychopath and a very convincing li
Bill reilly
Blind Eye begins like a fairy tale, as Dr. Michael Swango arrives in Zimbabwe bright eyed and bushy tailed; with a self described desire to help the poor and disadvantaged. Dr. Mike encountered astronomical numbers of AIDS and malaria patients. The great white hope was quickly accepted and worshipped for working long hours without rest. In 1979, fellow pre-med students noticed that Swango was an oddball who dressed in military fatigues and combat boots. He had graduated from Christian Brothers H ...more
Sarah Ewald
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(note: I read the hard back book published in 1999)
My review echoes some of others before me... Chilling book about a doctor who was involved in poisonings of his patients, and co-workers. Hospital officials either didn't want to believe, or were frightened about possible lawsuits, and quietly dismissed Dr. Swango. Subsequent inquiries into his employment by unsuspecting hospitals considering his employment, were somewhat vague and inconclusive.
I was taken by the statement in the book's epilog
drg Rifqie Al Haris
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Membaca buku ini serasa membaca arsip terlengkap yang merangkum semua riwayat kejahatan seorang dokter psikopat. James B. Stewart melakukan riset dengan menghubung-hubungkan banyak sumber secara kronologis bagaikan penyusunan karya ilmiah. Pantaslah baginya ketika Pulizer Price dianugerahkan kepadanya.

Inilah rujukan paling lengkap mengenai biografi seorang dokter psikopat yang diduga bertanggung jawab terhadap enam puluh pembunuhan dengan menggunakan racun. Dokter Swango, dokter psikopat itu, di
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blind Eye is a true story about how a doctor was able to kill patients and coworkers repeatedly without getting caught. How this doctor was able to charm and even manipulate people into trusting him, then take advantage of them. Even though some of the things people brushed aside as nothing were really warning signs about his real character. Also, it tells how he wasn't the only one to blame for the approximated 60 deaths but that the hospitals and people above him just kind of passed him along ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to “like” this book more than I did. I ended up skipping or scanning most of the history portions of Zimbabwe, Ohio State, phone call trees, etc. I was more interested in the “meat” of the story. It was absolutely appalling that this went on as long as it did. Thinking back to the 1980s and 1990s, there were not the official regulating bodies the medical profession has now. Even so, I was shocked at the patients, families, and nurses eyewitness accounts and complaints that were s ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant writing and reporting. Jim Stewart had his work cut out for him… This is one of the strangest stories I have ever read. And although this book came out almost 20 years ago, it’s incredibly timely given this moment of #metoo and national conversations about white supremacy.

Yes, this is the riveting tale of a shockingly prolific serial killer. More compelling to me, though, is what a blond white man with charm and education could get away with over and over and over and over and over and
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime, medical
The troubling true story of a psychopath physician who may well be America's most prolific serial killer. Dr. Michael Swango was raised in the midwest, went to medical school and worked part time as an EMT during the 1980's and 1990's and had a lot of people around him die of mysterious causes, both patients, and friends. The author points out an alarming loophole in the medical system which allows healthcare serial killers to go on a killing spree, then pick up and move to another state and do ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book, well written. I actually read it by accident as I didn't realize that it was of the true crime genre. It all too depressing. And, of course, the criminal was from Illinois - Land of the convicted felon governors. I try to read fiction as the real world is depressing enough without adding to it for entertainment. So, even though it was true, it was a page turner. And really brings to light the flaws with both the criminal justice system and society at large.
If true crime is
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James Stewart is a modern-day muckraking journalist, covering everything from malpractice to fraud and law.

While at The Wall Street Journal, Stewart won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his reporting on the stock market crash and insider trading. Stewart is a graduate of Harvard Law School and DePauw University. He lectures frequently on values and ethics in American business and politics. He is a mem