A Doctor From Hell

I had a persisting elevated temperature for a while my cousin who is a doctor (Anesthetist) put me on some antibiotics but when these medicines didn’t work he got me an appointment for a general physician but because there was almost a week before I would see this new physician so in the mean while I decided to see another doctor ( Doctor “A”) who was recommended by an elderly neighbor.

When I reached at Doctor’s A’s clinic it was eight o’clock. The clinic already had ten other patients waiting to turn before me. I weighted for more then an hour before I finally entered the doctor’s room. Doctor A, a thin man in his forties was sitting confidently in his chair. At first he examined me and asked a few questions, my age, weight, and symptoms. He also asked me what I did but I only told him that I am a student and doing my Masters.

He paused for a second as if thinking, he then tick marked a printed list of tests at 12 different places and announced to me: ” get these tests done, I don’t want to keep anything from you, you have a very serious diseases, you shouldn’t have it at this age but… there are some very bad germs in you body which have caused this illness, you must rest as much as you can, make sure you don’t go out of your house after 9 pm”

At this point I was totally out of my wits, I was numb, nervous and I had actually started preparing my self for death.

But he continued ” You must separate your clothes, your towel, utensils and you should sleep separately. There should be no pets, dogs , cats or birds inside or outside the house”

At this point I gathered some courage to ask him what he think is wrong with me, at which he replied : “there are many kind of germs, I cannot tell you exactly what is wrong with you until I have these results” by now I was so nervous that I next wanted to asked him about how much time I had left to live but then I decided not to.

After I left the room My father asked him again what the illness might be at which the doctor repeated: ” I will only know once I have the results”

I drove back home called my cousin in an absolute state nervousness and read him the list of the tests prescribed to me and asked him what he think could have possibly been wrong with me at which My cousin calmed me down a little and told me to toss the prescription and the list of tests in a dustbin and consult a real doctor. Another talk with a friend further relived me almost an hour later I was completely back to my senses and was cursing the Doctor A, the devil from the hell.

When I narrated my ordeal to someone else the other day I was told another story of a doctor at Shorab Gouth who told a mother that her child has not much time left to live, the mother hearing this collapsed and fainted at this point the doctor nervously sprung out of his seat, splashed water at her face, brought her back to consciousness and and started begging her to calm down, he promised to cure her child within a week, and told her “I had said so by mistake, it was just a slip of the tongue, why did you took me so seriously”…

Similarly one of my cousin said that a doctor had told her that her child’s head has started to grow bigger and it will soon become huge which is very dangerous and recommended to immediately start an expensive (homeopathic) treatment  but when the child was taken to an other doctor the kid was declared absolutely normal and healthy.

Almost every other person had her/his own story to tell about such doctors, doctors who don’t even look illiterates, they clinics stay full of patients but they turn out to be complete frauds

If you have any similar stories do share them with us in the comment section.

14 Comments so far

  1. Shamsi (shamsi) on April 24th, 2008 @ 12:12 am

    jamash sad that you are not well, am sure a decent professional physician would have asked you for a Blood test focusing on ESR values Allah ko sehat-ay kamila ata farma-ay ameen

    now you know WHY there were so much of doctors are murdered at point blank. "target killing"

    you are level headed person, and managed your ‘anguish’,

    Guess if some Lafanga with "links" to some rulers would have come across such "atayees"

  2. Shamsi (shamsi) on April 24th, 2008 @ 12:14 am

    correction – – ALLAH ap ko sehat-ay kamila ata farma-ay ameen.

  3. cheema on April 24th, 2008 @ 4:26 am

    I live in the US and here it is illegal to practice medicine without proper training and a license.

    Has the govt. in Pakistan considered regulating the health care industry with somewhat similar rules?

  4. obiwankenobe on April 24th, 2008 @ 4:43 am

    Jamash, still get all your tests done, why take a chance if you can afford the tests.

  5. barristerakc on April 24th, 2008 @ 7:44 am

    Well why don’t you name the doctor, please? And this is where problems start – there are not enough people standing up against corrupt, criminal and accused.

    There are thousands of Quacks going un-noticed in Karachi – specially in slums? I hope PMA starts a campaign with the police soon.

  6. Tariq Khanani (tariqkhanani) on April 24th, 2008 @ 9:39 am

    some (not all) of the doctors get a commission on prescribing expensive tests and medicines. they also recommend a specific medical store or laboratory bcoz its what they are paid for. the game becomes big in life saving drugs and doctors are offered bribes and foreign trips to recommend a specific medicine brand.

  7. Tariq Khanani (tariqkhanani) on April 24th, 2008 @ 10:06 am


    I weighted for more then an hour

    is it me or the spelling of weighted is wrong in the context?

  8. bozz on April 24th, 2008 @ 10:47 am

    It is an established fact that there are far more quacks operating in Pakistan than there are real doctors. Even a semi-educated person knows this.

    Having said that, I have to wonder at your, Jamash, level of comprehension of this fact. Your ordeal was not because of these quacks but of your own creation and due to your ignorance factor.

    That you were asked to, and you took anti-biotics before establishing the cause of the sickness shows your carelessness. Even your cousin doctor, who set you up on this route, seems to be semi qualified at best. Avoid him next time.

    Keep in mind, after starting medications, especially anti-biotics, renders most blood test results less accurate or useless.

    That you chose to take advise from an old man, says a plenty. Old does not translate into wise. Next time ask a younger person.

    Lastly doctors are not Gods, ask them a hundred questions before accepting what he or she has asked you to do. And never hesitate to walk away from one should you feel the need to.

    As for your article, without disclosure there is no exposure. Hiding the identity of this quack makes you a part of the problem.

    In the end I hope that you are feeling better now. But more importantly that you have learned a lesson from here.

  9. khirocks on April 24th, 2008 @ 10:58 am

    tariqkhanani, yes it should be ‘waited’ and ‘than’ instead of ‘then’. There are plenty of other grammatical mistakes in the post but that really doesn’t make it a bad post. I just wanted to highlight this fact for your self improvement Jamash and don’t want to sound critical.

    Noe coming back to the post, Jamash please disclose the name of the doctor to make everyone aware of NOT going to this doc. Also, aren’t the doctor supposed to be registered with Pakistan Medical and Dental Association (PMDC) or the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) to pratice? I’m not sure but I know that there is such a body where you have to get yourself registered. Even while applying for a loan in a bank as a doctor you have to produce such a doctor showing valid registration. If so, you should report this chap to the PMDC and get his license siezed. Unless you do that, there is no way the society will improve or we will be able to make a change. Now I know you can say that no one will pay attention to your complain but atleast give it a try! You never know someone might take a solid action. I think this is where we Pakistanis lack. We have lost all the trust in eachother and govt departments that we don’t even raise our voice anymore. Good luck!

  10. seskey on April 24th, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

    chishti saheb aap wakeel ho why not step up get in touch with jamash and track the quack without mercy

  11. Faisal.K (faisalk) on April 24th, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

    slight form of malpractice, usually these docs have commissions from a certain lab fixed.. to which they direct their victims for many tests.

  12. بستنی (wasiq) on April 25th, 2008 @ 1:26 am

    i thought the birdflu was over…….now we’ll know for sure in two weeks…..!stay in touch……keep us posted…! thanks!

  13. bizare on April 25th, 2008 @ 2:25 am

    well, i think thats not a worst case….have you ever been to interior sindh where even compounder have their own clinics…and prescribing panadols to every patient…

  14. بستنی (wasiq) on May 5th, 2008 @ 3:57 am

    Hi how are you feeling now….?
    iam sorry if my deleted comment at the later post caused you agony in your weakness….!

    IRC and i used be such good friends in the school days haven’t tried to contact lately…but i will try to bring your grievance to their notice.pro bono publico.

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