Are the doctors wrong

Vanity and megalomania: fake doctors

An arrest warrant has now been issued against the 48-year-old, who worked as an assistant doctor in a clinic in Fritzlar near Kassel from 2015 to 2018. According to initial investigations, the woman did not have a medical license.

Investigators accuse her of making mistakes in treatment. For example, she did not recognize a patient's shortness of breath in time and administered the wrong medication during operations. "It is said to have caused the death of the patients in four cases through faulty anesthesia. In eight other cases, health damage should have occurred," said Götz Wied from the public prosecutor in Kassel.

At first it was only determined because the woman is said to have applied to the clinic with falsified documents. However, during a search in January, the authorities found additional evidence. Public prosecutors and the police are now investigating, among other things, suspected manslaughter, dangerous bodily harm, forgery of documents, fraud and misuse of titles.

The woman was arrested on Tuesday. At the same time, there were searches in three federal states: In addition to the clinic in Hesse, the suspects' private rooms in Kiel were searched, as well as the workplaces of two doctors in Hesse and Brandenburg. It will be checked whether the doctors working in the clinic at that time have violated their duty of supervision by allowing the alleged anesthetist to continue working despite poor performance.

The clinic "Hospital of the Holy Spirit"

The clinic management expressed dismay: "We will do everything we can to support the clarification of the matter as best as possible and as quickly as possible."

According to an evaluation by the Landkriminalamt in Wiesbaden, there have been at least twelve similar cases in Hesse alone since 2014, seven of them in medical practices and five in clinics.

The desire to be a doctor

A look at the history of medicine shows that for decades there have been people who would like to work as doctors but do not have the qualifications. Vanity is often the predominant motive, as with the false "double doctor" Christian E. He even gives lectures to specialists in vascular, thoracic and visceral surgery. Everything is going well with the 28-year-old up-and-coming physician, until the day the Bavarian State Medical Association receives an anonymous letter, as the Ärztezeitung reports: How a college dropout can acquire two doctorates overnight, especially from the renowned Oxford University and hardly less respected economics faculty of the University of Frankfurt am Main?

No Abitur but a double doctorate

The investigation expands to embarrassment for the academic circle. Christian E. has a secondary school leaving certificate with a grade of sufficient, is training to be a banker and then issues a high school diploma with a grade of 1.3. With that he cracks the NC for medicine and becomes a student at the medical faculty of the University of Erlangen. He achieved his doctorate (s) in just a few hours on his home PC, as did his license to practice medicine. As an assistant doctor, E. assisted the surgeon in a total of 190 operations within 13 months. Just because no patient was harmed, the Nuremberg-Fürth district court waived the charge of bodily harm and instead sentenced E. 2010 to three and a half years imprisonment for forgery, fraud and misuse of titles, according to the Ärztezeitung.

Gert Uwe Postel in January 1995 during his trial in Kiel

From postman to medical officer

But there were spectacular cases as early as the 1980s. Just like that of the postman Gert Uwe Postel. When Dr. med. Dr. phil. He swung the scepter to Clemens Bartholdy as a medical officer in Flensburg and, after the fall of the Wall, as a senior physician in a psychiatric clinic in Zschadraß, Saxony.

Psychiatric hospital in Zschadraß near Colditz in Saxony

Hairdresser, nurse, head doctor - junkie, dealer, head of the drug clinic

Klaus D., hairdresser and former nurse, practiced from 1983 onwards with the help of forged documents from Italy ("Dottore / Univ. Naples") as a doctor in Upper Bavaria for almost 20 years, including as chief physician at a children's rehabilitation clinic. Because he injected patients with cortisone preparations, the Traunstein district court sentenced him to three years imprisonment for willful assault and abuse of titles, writes the Ärztezeitung.

Even the small town of Rees on the Lower Rhine, near the Dutch border, was not immune to false "white coats". Siegfried L. has a rapid résumé to offer. As an ex-junkie and convicted drug smuggler, the jump to the therapeutic director of a drug clinic was obviously inevitable for him. L. had pretended to be a qualified psychologist, psychotherapist and doctor of philosophy to those in charge of the specialist clinic there and presented a forged license to practice medicine from the Bavarian State Ministry for Labor and Social Affairs.

The title of the falsified dissertation was "Celebrating Life". He was discovered by chance: During a police check it was noticed that L. did not have a driver's license, whereupon his house of cards collapsed and in 2010 the Kleve District Court sentenced him to two years' probation.

Prof. Dr. Peter Walschburger

Botox - but not from a specialist

Christian B. pretended to be a plastic surgeon on the Internet and from 2012 to 2014 invited patients to his private practice apartments in Hanover and Regensburg for treatment, where he molded their faces with silicone and botox for cash. The regional court of Regensburg sentenced him in 2015 to four years and three months in prison for dangerous physical injuries, fraud and abuse of titles in 110 cases.

Professor Peter Walschburger, biopsychologist at the Free University of Berlin, characterizes the classic impostor as follows: "They are often intelligent people with a very good understanding of human nature, but who have disturbed the balance between their right to self-development and the bond with their fellow human beings and who are not have managed to achieve the position with the necessary discipline in their professional life that corresponds to their wishes and longings. "

cgn / rb (afp, aerztezeitung.de, dpa)