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Dr. Death | S1: Dr. Duntsch

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Listen to Dr Death Season 3 exclusively by subscribing to Wondery+. Start your free trial at 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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  • Dr. Death

    Fantastic podcast!!! Extremely sad and pathetic on Christopher Duntsch’s part (I refuse to even call him a doctor!!). Very sad for the people who lost their life or a loved one and extremely sad for those who deal with permanent damage now because of that sociopath. Makes you fear if you REALLY know and can trust the ones whom you’ve trusted with your life!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States25 days ago
  • If you like this kind of podcast it’s for you, but it doesn’t sell the format to an outsider

    I listened the first season. The podcast does explain the events clearly, but in overdramatic manner and not much questioning the established narrative or doing more investigation about the issue. The Dr in question is also not interviewed and there aren’t that many interviews from victims. The podcast is heavily sponsored but it’s not said any of the profits go to the victims.

    Apple Podcasts
    Ellinoora Annakaisa Kamilla
    Finlanda month ago
  • Disappointing. The narrator's vocal fry is almost tolerable. But her tone and dramatic re-enactments are not. Wanted so much to like this, but not sure how many episodes I can get through. Just be straightforward. Take a lesson from Frontline.

    Podcast Addict
    2 months ago
  • Only just started this one, but already hooked and off to a really good start!

    2 months ago
  • you did amazing

    love this so much Laura. you did a amazing job on this story. you have brought so much light to how much doctors get by with. thank you

    Nicole Rexroad =0)
    United States2 months ago

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