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The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
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Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
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Medical Imposters
Interesting story in the Toronto Star about a man who was practicing medicine with fake credentials. But he didn't receive a single complaint about his practice. He was only exposed when the Ontario College of Physicians did a thorough check of the credentials of all medical practitioners in the area. It recalls the case of the Great Imposter, Ferdinand Waldo Demara, who once posed as a naval surgeon named Dr. Joseph Cyr and actually performed a lung operation on an injured soldier, even though he had never had a day of surgical training in his life. The operation was a success. He was only discovered to be a fake because someone recognized his picture when it appeared in a naval newsletter.
Categories: Health/Medicine, Identity/Imposters
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 13, 2002
Comments (1)
This reminds me of the case of a gentleman called Gert Postel here in Germany. Over a period of some time this trained postal delivery worker not only passed himself off as a psychiatrist - but got to be promoted to clinik director and was a candidate for taking up a post running part of the state health department, before his lack of credentials was discovered and criminal charges prefered.
Posted by Ron Bartle  on  Sat Feb 24, 2007  at  04:51 AM
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