Bullies, bad attitudes, and misbehaviors

By S. Jay Jayasankar, MD

Acting out is risky behavior for physicians and patients

In 2006, a neurosurgeon in Oakland, Calif., allegedly became belligerent—verbally and physically abusive—when told that instruments brought in from another hospital needed to be sterilized before he could operate on a trauma patient. It took three deputies to restrain and arrest him. The patient was subsequently treated safely by another surgeon.

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