What an amazing show though given how derange this doctor is

Dr Duntsch, as described by the peers journalist Laura Beil interviewed, was always a guy with something to prove.

He would stay late after high school football practices, running through the drills he hadn't gotten right over and over again.

But once he was cloaked in the white coat and had the prefix 'Dr' affixed to his name, Duntsch became hard to question.

Over the span of 18 months, he performed botched surgeries on dozens of patients. Two of them did not survive.

His patients, though, had little way of knowing who they were about to allow to open their body cavities and carve away.

A recent survey found that 34 percent of patients rely on their own independent research to choose a health care provider.

But other recent research has shown that Americans have limited knowledge of nutrition, something they encounter regularly. It is hard to imagine that most of us would be able to distinguish competent spinal surgeon from a negligent one.

Dr Duntsch had his medical degree as well as his PhD from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and arrived in Dallas with glowing recommendations from his professors and colleagues at the labs he ran.

Patients were unaware of the accounts that Duntsch stayed out all night at drug-fueled parties before putting on his white coat and heading to work, as a friend described during his 2015 trial.

Nor were they aware of the erratic email he sent back in 2011, in which Dr Duntsch ranted that he was comparable to a god, Einstein and the antichrist all rolled into one, and even described himself as on the verge of becoming a cold blooded killer.

Doctors and surgical nurses who saw Dr Duntsch operate were appalled at his haphazard 'technique,' volatility and cavalier attitude toward his patients' well-being +4
Doctors and surgical nurses who saw Dr Duntsch operate were appalled at his haphazard 'technique,' volatility and cavalier attitude toward his patients' well-being

So Mary Efurd saw no reason not to trust Dr Duntsch to help her get free from back pain, Beil reports. Efurd was one of the 24 percent of people who takes a friend's advice about doctors.

He'd made a thorough surgical plan and shared it with Efurd. It looked solid, but as Dr Robert Henderson discovered later, that wasn't the surgery the Dr Duntsch ultimately performed.

On the day of Efurd's surgery, another of Dr Duntsch's surgical patients was transferred to the ICU there at Dallas Medical Center.

Seemingly unfazed, but possibly frazzled by drugs, a surgical nurse tells Beil, Dr Duntsch went ahead with the surgery, becoming aggravated when he was told that the hospital wasn't equipped to perform the craniotomy he wanted to use to relieve pressure on Efurd's brain.

He placed a screw into the muscle of her back, and left her on the table, spine and misplaced screw open and exposed, for 15 minutes.

Nothing about the surgery went well. He continued to snap at surgical nurses, X-ray tech, and seemed to simply declare the surgery over at will, Beil reports.

When she awoke after surgery, Efurd - whom Biel describes as 'tough' - was in excruciating pain.