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  • Summary

  • We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect? From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.
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  • Introducing Dr. Death (Ad-free)

    Aug 22, 2018
    Dr. Death premieres on September 4th Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/drdeath
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    2 mins
  • Three Days in Dallas | 1 (Ad-free)

    Sep 04, 2018
    All physicians are taught, “First do no harm.” But what happens when a doctor does harm his patients? Dr. Robert Henderson was a veteran spinal surgeon in Dallas when he got an unusual phone call from a local hospital: a new surgeon had operated so poorly that a patient who’d walked in on her own two feet now couldn’t even wiggle her toes. Dr. Henderson had seen a lot, but he wasn't prepared for this. The surgery was so bad, in fact, he asked himself whether this person possibly be an impostor impersonating a physician? “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” performed by Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams, courtesy of Rough Diamond Records.
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    33 mins
  • Chris and Jerry | 2 (Ad-free)

    Sep 04, 2018
    Chris Duntsch was a promising medical student, with a bright future ahead of him. The friends who knew him were shocked at the doctor he would later become. Not Chris, they said. That’s not the man I know. The Chris Duntsch they knew was driven, hard-working, smart, with a twinkle in his eye. And no one believed they knew Chris Duntsch better than his best friend, Jerry Summers. “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” performed by Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams, courtesy of Rough Diamond Records.
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    38 mins

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This is a "must listen"

This could happen to any of us. It amazes me this never made it into the news. It's a shame he got to practice for so long. Listen to this and know why you always get a second opinion.

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Great podcast

draws you in and keeps you interested. Greatly enjoyed this podcast. Would recommend to anyone and have.

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Excellent telling - Horrific story!

I’ll admit, I didn’t mean to download this (the corny title) and thought I was beginning a different podcast when ep. 1 started playing. I was immediately hooked and binged it right then! I don’t know how author-narrator Laura Bell was able to convey such a uniquely terrifying true tale with poise, and even ease, but I was so impressed with her and this podcast. It had to be excellent to get through it! And as a fan of out-there true (and macabre) stories, I’d never even heard this one before!

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A great listen

This was the podcast that started my addiction to podcasts. If you like true crime and have an interest in the medical world, this podcast is for you. Listen to it. You'll be glad you did.

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As a retired RN, I know this stuff can happen

I listened to this podcast over days. How this type of butchery goes on is astounding. It's very difficult to get a doctor convicted, as these podcasts demonstrate. Thank god I haven't encountered one of these physicians. My heart bleeds for the victims!

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Best true story podcast

From the true story to the voices that tell their stories, this podcast is the best yet! I can't wait to hear the next episode

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MUST LISTEN

I couldn't stop listening after I started, it's an important story I've never heard before

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Captivating Story

10/10 would highly recommend to anyone, especially if you enjoy true crime stories. very interesting, I've been thinking about it for days.

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Keeps you wondering.... How many????

Loved this podcast. Gives an in-depth look on how when you think you have heard it all when it comes to the health care system... You haven't.