Trump’s doctor seems to have as much of a tendency to be sued as Trump himself does. The difference is that while Trump merely is a fraud when it comes to money, his doctor has been directly implicated in the deaths of his own patients.
The details, according to a Daily Beast report, say that Dr. Harold Bornstein’s willy-nilly approach to prescribing powerful and addictive drugs has led to malpractice suits in which the victims died as a result.
In 2002, he paid nearly $90,000 to the husband of a former patient to settle a lawsuit after he was sued, alleging that Bornstein’s over-medication of his wife with unnecessary prescriptions contributed to her death.
Another litigant, Kenneth Levin, said that the doctor was “negligent, careless and unskilled” when he failed to properly diagnose his wife in 1994. The suit goes through a laundry list of wrongdoings. Also, due to the fact he chose to settle out of court, they seem to have been true and likely would have ended badly for him if the case went to trial. Bornstein was accused of failing to make a referral to a mental health professional, wrongly prescribing tuinal, morphine and valium — especially due to the patient’s history of drinking alcohol — negligently seeing the patient without providing treatment, and overmedicating the patient. A family member of Levin’s also said that the dosages of medication provided were well in excess of therapeutic levels and disproportionate to her weight.
It’s quite a list and sounds like some kind of TV villain doctor in a crime drama, more than an actual practicing medical “professional.” Another case in 2000 alleges that Bornstein improperly medicated a 57 year old man, causing his death during a colonoscopy. That case was also settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
While reports all use the word “alleged” you can draw some accurate opinions based on the fact every suit appears to have been settled for a payout before going to trial. While Trump has the money to burn and enjoys fighting people in court to alleviate his boredom, Bornstein seems to have fewer options in this regard.
The arguable level of medical quackery put forth by the allegations in these suits is only made more tangible by the outlandishly hyperbolic “doctors note” that Bornstein wrote for Trump, declaring him the healthiest man ever to run for president in America. The letter described him as “extraordinary” when it comes to physical strength and stamina, and actually suggested that he was more healthy than Barack Obama.
I think anyone who ever saw the pictures of Barack Obama engaged in sports or that one time he was on the beach in Hawaii would conclude that Trump couldn’t pull off either of them properly.
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