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Dr. Death

By Wondery

Rank #1 in Science & Medicine category

Health
Science & Medicine
Society & Culture
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We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect? From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.

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We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect? From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.

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Excellent listen

By k.k howard - Jan 19 2019
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Amazing podcast. Informative and riveting!

I’m hooked!

By NurseGlom - Jan 19 2019
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I’m only on episode 2 but I’m addicted! Crazy story! Can’t wait to finish it!

iTunes Ratings

51855 Ratings
Average Ratings
48589
1716
672
402
476

Excellent listen

By k.k howard - Jan 19 2019
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Amazing podcast. Informative and riveting!

I’m hooked!

By NurseGlom - Jan 19 2019
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I’m only on episode 2 but I’m addicted! Crazy story! Can’t wait to finish it!

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Top 10 Episode of Dr. Death

Rank #1: Chris and Jerry | 2

Sep 04 2018
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Chris Duntsch was a promising medical student, with a bright future ahead of him. The friends who knew him were shocked at the doctor he would later become. Not Chris, they said. That’s not the man I know. The Chris Duntsch they knew was driven, hard-working, smart, with a twinkle in his eye. And no one believed they knew Chris Duntsch better than his best friend, Jerry Summers. “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” performed by Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams, courtesy of Rough Diamond Records. Please tell us what you think about our show and help us by answering a few questions at wondery.com/survey Subscribe to Dr Death on Apple, Spotify, NPR One, Stitcher or sign up for email updates at wondery.com to stay up to date about future episodes. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/death  Bombas - Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/death and entering the offer death in the checkout code space Helix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress at helixsleep.com/death.  Audible - Start a 30-day trial and get your first audiobook free by going to audible.com/death or by texting DEATH to 500-500 Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code death Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way

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Rank #2: Occam’s Razor | 3

Sep 07 2018
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Kimberly Morgan was attracted to Christopher Duntsch from the moment she met him. He was charming and seemed destined for great things. But she also saw another side to him. Duntsch’s behavior led many people who came into contact with him to wonder: Was he an impaired physician? A terrible surgeon? Or a cold-blooded killer? “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” performed by Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams, courtesy of Rough Diamond Records. Please tell us what you think about our show and help us by answering a few questions at wondery.com/survey Subscribe to Dr Death on Apple, Spotify, NPR One, Stitcher or sign up for email updates at wondery.com to stay up to date about future episodes. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/death  Bombas - Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/death and entering the offer death in the checkout code space Helix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress at helixsleep.com/death.  Audible - Start a 30-day trial and get your first audiobook free by going to audible.com/death or by texting DEATH to 500-500 Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code death Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way

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Rank #3: Spineless | 4

Sep 11 2018
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If a doctor is fired from a hospital, the hospital should report it immediately. That’s how problem doctors are prevented from getting hired elsewhere. But the places where Dr. Duntsch operated failed to report him to the proper authorities. If they had, maybe Duntsch’s path of destruction would have been stopped much sooner. Please tell us what you think about our show and help us by answering a few questions at wondery.com/survey Subscribe to Dr Death on Apple, Spotify, NPR One, Stitcher or sign up for email updates at wondery.com to stay up to date about future episodes. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/death  Bombas - Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/death and entering the offer death in the checkout code space Helix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress at helixsleep.com/death.  Audible - Start a 30-day trial and get your first audiobook free by going to audible.com/death or by texting DEATH to 500-500 Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code death Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way

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Rank #4: Free Fall | 5

Sep 18 2018
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Dr. Henderson and Dr. Kirby were screaming for anyone to listen who might help them get Dr. Duntsch to stop operating. Kirby wrote to the Texas Medical Board. He and Henderson went to the police. But no one was listening. Please tell us what you think about our show and help us by answering a few questions at wondery.com/survey Have a burning question about Dr. Death? Host Laura Beil will be hosting an AMA on Reddit next Thursday, September 27th at 12pm CT / 1pm ET to discuss the making of the series and much more. To stay updated, follow us on Twitter.  Subscribe to Dr Death on Apple, Spotify, NPR One, Stitcher or sign up for email updates at wondery.com to stay up to date about future episodes. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/death  Bombas - Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/death and entering the offer death in the checkout code space Helix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress at helixsleep.com/death.  Audible - Start a 30-day trial and get your first audiobook free by going to audible.com/death or by texting DEATH to 500-500 Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code death Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way

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Rank #5: Closure | 6

Sep 25 2018
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Michelle Shughart has her work cut out for her, since no doctor has ever been prosecuted for crimes committed while practicing medicine. His patient’s lives would never be the same, but what would what would be the fate of Dr. Duntsch? The people in Dallas struggle to understand what drove him to do such horrible things. And what happens if the system faces another “Dr. Death.”  Subscribe to Dr Death on Apple, Spotify, NPR One, Stitcher or sign up for email updates at wondery.com to stay up to date about future episodes. Please tell us what you think about our show and help us by answering a few questions at wondery.com/survey Have a tip for us? Send us an email at tips@wondery.com Support us by supporting our sponsors! Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/death  Bombas - Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/death and entering the offer death in the checkout code space Helix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress at helixsleep.com/death.  Audible - Start a 30-day trial and get your first audiobook free by going to audible.com/death or by texting DEATH to 500-500 Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code death Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way

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Rank #6: Update | 7

Oct 02 2018
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Reporter Laura Beil has a few updates on the story of Christopher Duntsch since the series was first released. She attends an appeals hearing for Duntsch's case, discusses Baylor-Plano Hospital’s response -- and the mysterious case of the disappearing billboard. Subscribe to Business Wars here Dr. Death merchandise is now available! 15% of proceeds from each sale will go to the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica and their effort to spotlight wrongdoings in the healthcare industry. Shop tees, hoodies, & mugs at wondery.com/store. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/death  Bombas - Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/death and entering the offer death in the checkout code space Helix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress at helixsleep.com/death.  Audible - Start a 30-day trial and get your first audiobook free by going to audible.com/death or by texting DEATH to500-500 Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code death

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Rank #7: Breaking News | 10

Dec 13 2018
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The judges reviewing Christopher Duntsch’s appeal have reached a decision. On the day of the decision, Laura Beil goes to the Dallas District Attorney’s office to speak with prosecutors Michelle Shugart and Jaclyn Lambert about the judges' decision. To read Laura Beil’s article about the ruling, and a copy, go to Wondery.com/DrDeath.

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Rank #8: “One Great Man” | 9

Nov 13 2018
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You may remember the woman in the infomercial about Dr. Duntsch who admiringly calls him “one great man” and claims “he’ll fix you.” Laura Beil wasn’t able to get in touch with her when she first reported the series. She guessed that the woman must have been a paid actress, or perhaps even the rare patient who had a good result with Dr. Duntsch. But then the woman in the video reached out after hearing her voice in ”Dr. Death.” And the real story turned out to be much stranger. In this special episode, we also hear from a juror who helped deliver the verdict in the trial of Christopher Duntsch.  Looking for the best sheets, ever? Get $20 off AND free shipping on your order by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code death at checkout. Or maybe you're looking for plush towels? A new throw blanket? Yeah, they have that too.

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Rank #9: Introducing Imagined Life

Nov 05 2018
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Throughout my reporting- there was a question that kept coming up: if I’d been in the shoes of the people around Christopher Duntsch- friends, family, mentors- what would I have done. That’s a question at the heart of a new series from Wondery, called Imagined Life. In each episode we’ll put you into someone else’s shoes. The people whose lives you’ll hear are famous- artists, musicians, politicians and others. And we’ll immerse you into their innermost thoughts as they experience adversity, hope, trial and error - but there’s a twist: it’s only in the last minute of the show you will find out who YOU are. Subscribe to Imagined Life today- www.wondery.fm/imaginedlife

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Rank #10: Introducing Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez & Football Inc.

Oct 15 2018
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On April 19th, 2017, news broke that football star turned accused murderer, Aaron Hernandez had killed himself in his jail cell. But what exactly had happened to Aaron Hernandez, to turn him into a killer? And did his football career play a part in it? From the Boston Globe’s award winning investigative journalism unit known as the Spotlight and Wondery comes an in depth investigation of the life, legal troubles, and death of Aaron Hernandez. Subscribe to Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez & Football Inc. today.

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