DocBastard is a trauma and general surgeon. Between his times acting as all the king's horses and all the king's men, he also blogs at docbastard.blogspot.com. He maintains his anonymity to protect the privacy of his patients. Follow him on Twitter @DocBastard.

MURDER SHE WROTE

Is It Murder If Your Patients OD?

Hsiu-Ying Tseng was an L.A.-area general practitioner and known ‘pill pusher.’ Now she’s facing second-degree murder charges after at least eight of her patients overdosed and died.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Doctors’ Most Damaging Hit Piece

With public opinion of medical professionals at an all-time low, an anonymous essay exposing disturbing doctor behavior may have dealt the final blow.

Hippocratic Fail

Doctor Mocked Sedated Patient

While her patient was asleep, a Virginia anesthesiologist unloaded a toxic verbal assault—and while courts are making her pay, she’s still practicing medicine.

DITCH THE IPAD

Yes, That Screen Time’s Bad for Your Kid

Smartphones and tablets are today’s version of the idiot box, and it turns out parents’ fears are true: Staring at a screen for hours is detrimental. Here’s how to get kids to stop.

CRITICAL ERROR

Westeros: Land of Impossibly Fast Deaths

Despite what you see on Game of Thrones, a knife wound to the stomach does not an instant and mortal blow make. A trauma surgeon on what the show gets wrong about death.

SUBURBAN STRUGGLE

Soccer Mom’s Secret Heroin Addiction

After Candace broke her neck in a car accident, doctors prescribed OxyContin. When her insurance fell through, the single mother of two found something cheaper for the pain: heroin.