Friday, March 5, 2010

Psychiatrist Goes Insane

From the Kentucky Inquirer:

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Patients of a northern Kentucky psychiatrist jailed on a charge he stabbed a woman with a sword have tried to keep appointments with him in jail. Kenton County jail Chief Deputy Scott Colvin said deputies have had to turn away several patients of Douglas Rank, charged last month with first-degree assault in an attack on 32-year-old woman.

Colvin told the Kentucky Enquirer that some patients have asked if they could drop off Rank's prescription pad at the jail so he could write their prescriptions.

Colvin said the requests have been denied, as prisoners are not allowed to practice their trade in jail.

At a hearing Tuesday, witnesses said the psychiatrist towered over his bloodied patient with a sword in both hands before he was distracted and had the weapon wrestled away from him.

And according to Broken Country:

According to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Rank’s license is active this week, but is it set to expire on Sunday.

Rank, who is also board certified in internal medicine, had his license to practice medicine restricted by the board in 2001 it found that after he prescribed “high doses of narcotic prescriptions” to one patient while practicing in Lexington.

The Board of Medical Licensure found that Rank had given the patient 57 prescriptions over 14 months. Rank agreed to no longer treat the patient.

Rank also faced disciplinary action from the board in 2000 after he admitted he had sexual intercourse with another patient.


Anonymous said...

Dr. Douglas Rank working hard to prove that the stereotype of psychologists and psychiatrists being crazier than their patients is true.

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tstamps said...

It makes me wonder if psychological problems could be contagious. People who are the least bit empathetic tend to take on the moods of others. Think about it. You can be in a good mood one day but as soon as you're around someone who's depressed, especially if it's someone who attacks you without provocation, then you're no longer happy. And if you believe in anything of a spiritual nature, you could also think of what unseen forces you may come into contact with. Psychiatry and counseling could be a dangerous profession... you never know what you might pick up.

Anonymous said...

I'm enjoying your blog. However, I really need to work on the e-m-p-a-t-h-y thing because although this is a sad story, I cracked up at his patients taking a prescription pad to the jail. Sorry former Louisvillian here :-D What can I say I have a weird sense of humor. Sorry.