Do doctors torture patients with complex regional pain syndrome?


This 4-part video series informs the public about conversion reactions and reveals substandard care of a young patient with severe complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) by doctors at  the University's Children's Medical Center, Dallas.

Intentional or not, some doctors torture patients with CRPS.

PART I: Evaluation of the patient with CRPS who became paralyzed following surgery

16-Minute HD Video


PART II: How to deal with a hospital that provides substandard care

26-Minute HD Video


PART III: 1-month follow-up after ketamine treatment

6-Minute HD Video


PART IV: Conversion Reactions in Children

Sabine Kost-Byerly MD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Medical School

Director of Pediatric Pain Management at Johns Hopkins



Unfortunately, misconduct by doctors at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has placed some of the most vulnerable patients at risk. You need not look hard to discover that some of the doctors are under Federal investigation for misconduct. The Dallas Morning News reports that the doctors are accused of having a "financial incentive" to commit fraud.

Some university doctors might think they can do whatever they want under sovereign immunity that limits legal liability. Sovereign immunity applies to doctors and hospitals which are affiliated with the state. Sovereign immunity also discourages doctors from reporting substandard and harmful care of patients. Tenured professor Dr. Larry Gentilello had little protection from retaliation by the University when he recently reported that patients were being harmed by unsafe practices at its major teaching hospital. As the Director of one of the University's most important intensive care units, Dr. Gentilello sees patients that are the most vulnerable. Notwithstanding the risk of retaliation for blowing the whistle against his University, he says, “We have succeeded in bringing the serious problems at Parkland Hospital that had long been hidden from the public by its leadership to the widespread attention of the community, and to state and federal regulators.”

Last year, the University agreed to pay the federal and state governments $1.4 million to settle a lawsuit, which was first prompted by Dr. Gentilello.





Patient video prior to gall bladder surgery

Ketamine infusion therapy complicated by multiple sites of acute pain

Ketamine Therapy





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