Because medical care requires an inordinate amount of trust in doctors, who have an inordinate amount of power over their patients, the Hippocratic Oath sets up standards for medical ethics. Although it is blessedly rare, some doctors pay no heed to the oath, and indeed use their training for nefarious, even horrifying, purposes. One nightmare scenario is the doctor who sexually violates his patients. Jill Harness wrote an article about three doctors who did just that in three very different and outrageous ways, which you can read about at Rue the Day.
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