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ISBN:
0670364428
ISBN13:
978-0670364428
Author:
Leonard Levitt
Publisher:
Viking Adult (October 28, 1980)
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Pages:
261 pages
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1455 kb
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4.9

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The book, "The Healer" by Leonard Levitt was published in 1980. It is the true crime story of Dr. Charles Friedgood and the murder of his wife by Demerol injections. It was a quick but extremely interesting book which delved into the doctor's life - his volatile relationship with his wife Sophia, his affair with his loyal nurse Harriet, his 6 children, and their relationship with both Charles and Sophia. I liked this book and would recommend it to true crime readers.

Leonard Levitt is an American author known for his books about crime and the New York City Police Department. He is an Edgar Award winner and worked as a Peace Corps teacher in Tanzania in the early and mid-sixties. He is also the author of An African Season about his experiences in Tanzania and as a teacher. It was the first book ever written by a Peace Corps.

Leonard Levitt was born in 1941 in New York. He attended Woodmere Academy and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1963

Leonard Levitt was born in 1941 in New York. He attended Woodmere Academy and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1963. From there he went into the Peace Corps, serving in Tanganyika (now Tanzania). He later graduated from the Columbia School of Journalism and has since written for Newsday, the Associated Press, the Detroit News, Time Magazine, and the New York Post. Books by Leonard Levitt

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On October 30, 1975, fifteen-year-old Martha Moxley headed home from Halloween Eve antics with her Greenwich, Connecticut, neighbors Tommy and Michael Skakel. She never made it. Her brutal murder with a golf club in her own backyard made national headlines. Levitt soon uncovered groundbreaking information about how the police had bungled the investigation, and he learned that Tommy and Michael had lied about their activities on the night of the murder.

The Healer: 2
Reviews:
  • Vijora
I read this book decades ago and had forgotten about it. When it turned up on Amazon I felt like I had to either order it or take a chance on not living through the night. So I ordered it.

All those years later, and the book still delivered. Perhaps it's more relevant than ever, considering the state of the world, because so much misery could well have been averted if responsible people had acted responsibly. Many patients suffered badly under this doctor's care and nobody stopped him. Eventually, inevitably, he committed murder.

This is a good read and, as I said, quite relevant today. I recommend it highly.
  • FailCrew
The book, "The Healer" by Leonard Levitt was published in 1980. It is the true crime story of Dr. Charles Friedgood and the murder of his wife by Demerol injections. It was a quick but extremely interesting book which delved into the doctor's life - his volatile relationship with his wife Sophia, his affair with his loyal nurse Harriet, his 6 children, and their relationship with both Charles and Sophia. I liked this book and would recommend it to true crime readers.
  • Otrytrerl
This book is a quick read!!!! Hard to believe with all the red flags this dr continued to be able to practice medicine. If you like a good true crime book this is a pretty good one!!
  • Bukus
Creepy story. So much background information - the crime took place so late in the book!
  • Hugifyn
Gripping story.......keeps the attention......
  • Binar
Leonard Levitt's THE HEALER is the story of Charles Friedgood, a sociopathic surgeon whose entire life was built on lies. It started early when he would alternately tell acquaintances that he had lived in a car while his father worked as an itinerant traveling salesman or that his father had been a wealthy man who had owned land in Israel. In high school, he got along by using the work of others. In college he stole test answers and forged recommendations on stolen stationery, but though his behavior always became known eventually, he was rarely disciplined because Charles was charming and "just had a way with people".

Friedgood did in fact eventually graduate from medical school, but his sociopathic behavior never changed, and he was dismissed from one hospital after another for not showing up on time, or at all, for operations; for failure to maintain his patients' charts and when he was called on it, faking them; and for going as far as to cross out other doctors' names on charts, substituting his own, and thereby - at least temporarily - appropriating those patients as his own. He began working at and subsequently getting fired from top of the line hospitals in New York and with the passage of time from lesser and lesser hospitals until he had no surgical privileges anywhere and opened a clinic, treating poor patients in a shabby Brooklyn office. However, except for the occasional voice crying in the wind, a medical code of silence not unlike that of the police protected Friedgood. His record of malfeasance would not follow him to his next job, due to cowardly and ethics-less medical administrators.

So Charles remained free to malpractice. He was trained as a thoracic surgeon, but performed any number of kinds of surgery - or not. I say or not as on more than one occasion, Friedgood claimed to have performed operations on patients whose conditions did not improve. When these patients finally consulted other doctors, they were amazed to learn that in fact the operations had never been performed at all. Friedgood performed breast implants, laparoscopies, joint surgeries, apparently most anything he could get, for most of which he had no qualifications and wherever he could.

Charles also had six children; a wife; and a mistress, a much younger woman with whom he had two children. He was thoughtless with his family and, as is the way of sociopaths, was mainly interested in them insofar as they could be of some benefit to him. He and his wife had ugly scenes where, while Charles for the most part sat emotionlessly and listened while Sophie cursed and screamed at him.
But Sophie had money - her own - and Charles loved money and also wanted to move to Denmark to be with his girl friend and their children. So, as always, he found a solution to his problems, both marital and monetary: he killed Sophie.

THE HEALER is a great work of true crime. Levitt can write! There is no wasted motion, no filler, nothing but writing so fast paced telling a story so interesting that toward that I found it hard to put down, and I finished it in a day and a half. Most readers of true crime would agree that besides the writing, what makes for a great book is the depth of the research. It does not get any deeper than this. Levitt provides extensive - and I mean extensive - background on Friedgood.

True crime does not get any better - nor is any more of a must-read - than this.
  • Cordantrius
I have found over the years that TC books written in the early eighties are totally superior to the short filler paperbacks you find at your local discount store or on the new shelf at the library and "The Healer" is certainly no exception. What an intriguing family drama. A rampant narcissist with total control that no one could manage to stop. He lives a double life at the expense of his wife's sanity until he ends it all for her with a syringe full of Demerol. "Murder in Little Egypt" is also a book someone who enjoys this TC thriller would likely also enjoy. Thank God he finally faces judgement and doesn't get to flee overseas with his "Danish Pastry" after all. Also, the culture of the Hasidic Jew is researched in great deal which makes for an interesting learning experience for Gentiles like myself.
This is an older true crime (published 1981) that was well worth reading.
A narcissist surgeon leads a double life. He has a mistress, a long suffering wife, countless botched surgeries but no end of loyal clients. And murder is part of the equation too. Very interesting true crime about a man who thought he was above the law.