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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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    • 4.9, 71.5K Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
71.5K Ratings

71.5K Ratings

Jen07_ ,

Awesome!

Absolutely awesome podcast! Love the story telling and interviews with people who were friends or had interactions with Dr Death. I feel the interviews really make the listener realize that all of this is real.

Emaistr ,

Necessary Public Service

As a person who has been chronically ill and enmeshed in the medical industrial complex since childhood, in a family with a rich medical history, stories like this are absolutely crucial. Medical malpractice stories like this need more shine because we can see in the story the LONG stream of people who were complicit in the injuries and deaths of patients. I hope stories like these can make medical professionals have more integrity and humility, maybe true commitment to the patient over the ease of their careers or the viability of the business. I hope stories like these arm patients to KNOW they have the right to question and research their doctors and surgeons before they trust them. This is a very well-researched podcast and I found the narrator to have a neutral, effective voice. I don’t mind the ads because I’m too broke to pay for content like this and this is how it stays free.

Tuba brut ,

Excellent presentation of a vital topic

Extremely important presentation of a crucial issue well done.

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