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AuthorHouse, Apr 1, 2009 - 372 pages
"He spread the cancer," Karen said in disbelief. "He spread the cancer." EVEN DOCTORS CRY tells the story of Dr. Alvin Reiter, his success as a prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, his love for his profession and his pride in his work. That work, included being the lead surgeon on the team that reconstructed the shattered face of Rodney King, whose name became a household word after he was beaten by the LAPD. "I always felt like Clark Kent putting on my surgical outfit," Reiter wrote about his transformative role. Then came, however, a time when even Superman could not help. In 1994, Alvin was diagnosed with incurable Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and was given less than a 40% chance of living 6 years, while his wife Karen was diagnosed with early breast cancer in 1999 and given a 95% chance of total cure. The Doctor survived, but Karen did not. She died of metastatic breast cancer in May 2003. Her premature death was aided and abetted by her oncologist, breast and liver surgeons and the gross failure of the medical system in which human error, negligence and hubris can - and did - take a life. The facts are chilling and irrefutable. In the midst of Karen's struggle for her life, Reiter became the target of an unwarranted investigation by the FBI and the US Attorney's office into a billling fraud scandal. Up till the time of her illness he had been living for his surgery, his patients, his wife, their cats and their garden. His paradise was a fool's paradise. He had no idea what evil lurked under the Southern California sun. EVEN DOCTORS CRY tells a riveting story of love, death, scandal and a terribly flawed medical system.
 

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Contents

Dedication
1
Chapter Two BRONX SCIENCE
29
Chapter Three SCAMP
71
Chapter Four BEDFELLAS
91
Chapter Five THE BIG C
117
Chapter Six DEAD MAN WALKING
137
Chapter Seven L A LAW
163
Chapter Eight ANNUS HORRIBILIS
191
Chapter Nine TRIALS TRIBULATIONS
227
Chapter Ten THE DOCTOR IN SPITE
263
Chapter Eleven NEVER SAY DIE
315
EPILOGUE
357
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