Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story Of A Doctor Who Got Away With Murder

Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story Of A Doctor Who Got Away With Murder

by James B. Stewart
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Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story Of A Doctor Who Got Away With Murder by James B. Stewart

A medical thriller from Pulitzer Prize–winning author James B. Stewart about serial killer doctor Michael Swango and the medical community that chose to turn a blind eye on his criminal activities.

No one could believe that the handsome young doctor might be a serial killer. Wherever he was hired—in Ohio, Illinois, New York, South Dakota—Michael Swango at first seemed the model physician. Then his patients began dying under suspicious circumstances.

At once a gripping read and a hard-hitting look at the inner workings of the American medical system, Blind Eye describes a professional hierarchy where doctors repeatedly accept the word of fellow physicians over that of nurses, hospital employees, and patients—even as horrible truths begin to emerge. With the prodigious investigative reporting that has defined his Pulitzer Prize–winning career, James B. Stewart has tracked down survivors, relatives of victims, and shaken coworkers to unearth the evidence that may finally lead to Swango’s conviction.

Combining meticulous research with spellbinding prose, Stewart has written a shocking chronicle of a psychopathic doctor and of the medical establishment that chose to turn a blind eye on his criminal activities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684865638
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 06/15/2000
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 244,958
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

James B. Stewart is the author of Heart of a Soldier, the bestselling Blind Eye and Blood Sport, and the blockbuster Den of Thieves. A former Page-One editor at The Wall Street Journal, Stewart won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his reporting on the stock market crash and insider trading. He is a regular contributor to SmartMoney and The New Yorker. He lives in New York.

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Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story Of A Doctor Who Got Away With Murder 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
MamaOf3 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it was so well written that it kept me up for hours past my bedtime. And I think the author did a phenomenal job on the research, personally interviewing people and even traveling to other countries for information. I can tell he definitely spent a lot of time on it. If you love true crimes stories, this one is for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A real page-turner. Thorough, even-handed research. Fascinating for its description of the medical profession as well as the psychology of a serial killer. But most importantly, it explores the trust of those around him that enables so many of his murders. Warning: you may have a hard time trusting doctors after reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Will keep you up all night. Engrossing, shocking, well-written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's no wonder that James B. Stewart, the author of this book, won a Pulitzer Prize for one of his books. I'm surprised he didn't get one for this book, too. The research and time he put into this book, combined with excellent writing skills, made it an amazing work of journalism. Anyone who enjoys true crime stories--or anyone who enjoys reading 'whistleblower' books will like this story. For instance, if you enjoyed the movies 'The Insider' or 'Erin Brockovich,' you will enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a chilling thriller that amazingly enough is not fiction. The revelation of the details of Dr. Michael Swango's killing spree is both shocking and attention grabbing. Although I generally enjoy fiction this book provided enough plot twists and turns to make it just as interesting as a fictious mystery novel. The fact that a man could get away with killing so many innoscent people is unbelievable and is what makes this story and therefore this book so interesting. In my opinion the events in this book are chilling and all to real, I only wish that Dr. Michael Swango was a work of ficiton.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know who is worse. Is it the doctor, the subject of this book, an alleged murderer of 35 or more hospital patients, or is it the arrogantly stupid physicians who let him get away with it in not one, but at least five hospitals? Michael Swango is a licensed physician who seemingly has a compulsion to kill people. Evidently a narcissistic psychopath he appears to enjoy injecting poisonous substances into patients, friends and co-workers. Serving an arsenic cocktail to fellow paramedics is what got him his first prison sentence. His purported killing spree started during a residency at Ohio State University Hospital. He evidently continued his bizarre activities after prison during residencies at the University of South Dakota, and at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Why does a physician felon convicted of poisoning people continue to obtain medical residencies? The physicians conducting the admissions programs are too incompetent to properly screen his application, even though he admits to being an ex convict. Then after patients die left and right, and nursing staff turn him in to the medical staff, the doctors refuse to believe their testimony. One key witness was a student nurse. It was quickly agreed by medical staff, as they rolled their eyes, that no one should really accept what a student nurse has to say. One doctor conducted an egregiously incompetent investigation of Dr. Swango's activities. Another was equally negligent in screening Dr. Swango's admission to a residency program. What punishment has been meted out to these two physicians? They both are now working for the Association of Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C. where they oversee the application process of all medical school residents in America. Isn't that wonderful? Dr. Swango now moves on to work in African hospitals where the death toll continues to rise. Suspended from one hospital for his suspected murder of several patients, he secures another position at a hospital nearby while the police investigate charges against him. Returning to the USA he is arrested, tried and convicted on a fraud charge. He will be released from prison any day now, and presumably might join the medical staff at a hospital near you. I normally don't read true-crime books, but, having spent my entire career in hospital management, the topic intrigued me. It reads like a thriller, and believe me the behavior of the doctors (excluding Dr. Swango) in the book didn't surprise me at all.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I work in medical billing, and I have a number of physician friends and colleagues. One of my close physician friends highly recommended this book. He said that it highlights what is wrong not only in medicine but in corporate America. This story is about a megalomaniac physician who starts killing patients. The organizations (both professional & corporate) that had oversight, and could have stopped him, didn't. This is what happens when professional considerations trump ethics. It is written in relatively plain language with explanation for most of the medical jargon. You do not need to be a doctor to understand what happened or to read this book. However, being a patient will never quite be the same. I highly recommend this to everyone, but especially those in medicine.
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