A Secret Grave 125: Lawsuit City

 

In all there were five lawsuits, which seemed like a lot for a well-loved internist. One was for a misdiagnosis, and the other four dealt with treatment administered for ailments such as psoriasis, asthma, postpartum depression, and stomach ulcers. Rudolf may have paid damages in one or two cases, but it seems as if all were essentially dismissed as nuisances. Malpractice suits are part of the territory of being a doctor, but what interested me was that Leonard and Victor were also plagued by lawsuits – in fact, pretty much for the same ailments.

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pink, Mysi Ann, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

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In the case of Leonard, who had invented a surgical procedure for urinary reflux and a special scalpel named after him, the lawsuits were vicious and quite personal. Had he lived in the age of the internet a whole troop of trolls would be calling for his demise in the ugliest language possible, but in his lifetime censure came in the form of letters and newspaper articles.

“Dr. Leonard Gottlieb deserves to lose his license for what he did to my daughter,” read one letter in a now defunct Dallas paper. This was regarding a case that dragged on for months about a child whose ureter was nicked during surgery. In another suit, a man complained bitterly about losing sexual function after Leonard performed surgery for incontinence. In a third suit, the complaint involved a bad infection incurred after an adult circumcision – this was quickly dismissed, but the plaintiff harassed Leonard for years about the many grievances that had befallen him after the removal of his foreskin.

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Leonard was a urologist, but like his son after him, he also treated patients with herbs and tinctures which he must have learned from the Bukh. A number of complaints against him dealt with adverse reactions to medication. From what I could glean, most of these were bogus – perhaps even planted by hostile parties out to get him (what comes to mind is the phalanx of men dressed like FBI agents on his bulletin board). When I compare Rudolf, Leonard, and Victor, I see a common thread: all three were plagued by negligence suits that seem to have had the double intention of destroying their practices, as well as as being awarded large, compensatory sums of money.

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Men in suits on Leonard’s bulletin board

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Leonard

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But what I discovered when I dug deeper into the lives of Leonard and Victor was troubling. Each had filed harassment suits and orders of protection against a shadowy figure who went by the name, Arthur P. Andrews (AKA, the American Pharmaceutical Association???)  And more disturbing was a truly creepy pattern I saw in the deaths of Rudolf and Leonard.

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To be continued…

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Cover photo ~ http://www.phillyvoice.com/did-facebook-post-cost-pa-woman-big-malpractice-lawsuit/

 

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