Adams, also known as Michael Kirk, Jack Kirk, and Michael Swan, as well as the press moniker Dr. Death, is a former American physician and admitted serial murderer. Swango is thought to have been engaged in up to 60 deadly poisonings of patients and coworkers, yet he only acknowledged to being responsible for four fatalities.
He first came to public attention when he was charged with murdering his patient Nancy Kelly with potassium chloride (KCl). She had visited him on June 4, 1975, with pain in her arm caused by a catheter used in chemotherapy treatments. Adams gave her a shot of morphine and told her it would make the pain go away. But she soon began to suffer from diarrhea and vomiting, and died within an hour. An autopsy revealed that Nancy Kelly had also been given a lethal dose of KCl that killed her.
In addition to murder, Adams is suspected of causing other deaths through negligence. For example, he has been accused of causing the death of a woman who underwent surgery by another doctor he worked with. The other doctor testified that he saw no reason why Nancy Kelly's heart should have stopped beating once it was removed from her body because it had been successfully placed in cold storage. However, when he examined the tissue sample taken during the post-mortem, he found signs of severe damage which indicated to him that a serious defect must have existed before she went into surgery.
Let's fast forward to 2006. Hans Peterson, the assassin, scheduled a meeting with Cornbleet with the intention of torturing him. However, when the 64-year-old doctor fought back, the plot went bad. Peterson eventually stabbed the doctor to death. The murder shocked Denmark and brought into question whether or not doctors should be allowed to kill their patients.
In England, there is a law that prevents doctors from killing their patients. In fact, doctors are not allowed to terminate any human life, including their own. The law was passed in 1823 to protect doctors from being sued if a patient died. Before this law was put into place, doctors often ended lives for financial reasons. For example, one doctor may have charged $1000 to save a patient's life but another might only charge $200 to end their life.
In America, however, there are no laws preventing doctors from terminating their patients' lives. In fact, some doctors believe that they should be able to decide what happens to their patients if they are diagnosed with an incurable disease. Some doctors argue that telling a patient that they have an incurable disease and then proceeding to end their life isn't ethical. Others say that it's better than living in pain with nothing more than morphine pills to make them stop feeling pain.
In conclusion, doctors should not be allowed to kill their patients.
The claims that a doctor administered potentially lethal amounts of a medication to 27 patients at Mount Carmel Health System have shook the Columbus medical community. However, individuals engaged in the case claim that incidents of medical staff members purposefully inflicting pain or death are extremely unusual.
There have been several high-profile cases in which it has been claimed that doctors have killed their patients; however, these cases are rare. The most common method by which doctors attempt to relieve suffering is through the use of analgesics or sedatives. Analgesics can be used on their own or combined with other medications. The goal is to reduce a patient's pain level low enough that they can tolerate other treatments or recover without further injury.
It is common for patients to report severe pain following an operation or during chemotherapy. In many cases, physicians prescribe stronger analgesics than necessary which could have adverse effects. However, in some cases, doctors may feel that the risk of patients not receiving proper care is greater than the risk of causing harm by providing too much relief.
In some cases, doctors may decide not to treat a patient for pain or give them inadequate doses of medications if they believe that doing so would increase the risk of suicide. For example, doctors may withhold or withdraw life support measures from patients who appear to be dying with no hope of recovery.
Each month, the average medical practitioner murders two victims. According to a 2011 survey of 70 female serial murderers, 30 percent of the criminals were nurses. Nurse Jane Toppan, for example, acknowledged during her murder trial that death sexually excited her.
In addition, there are also nurse killers such as Elizabeth "Beth" Green who was convicted of murdering five patients and attempting to kill another five. She worked at three hospitals in Indiana from 1967 to 1976. Another nurse killer was Carol Marie Bell, who was convicted of killing six patients at a nursing home where she worked in California from 1970 to 1979.