Dark Tales of Illness, Medicine, and Madness: The King Who Strangled his Psychiatrist

The text is an astonishingly strange—and often mordant—journey through the world of illness, doctors and patients. It shows the extremes of human nature in the complex, dangerous relationships between patients and doctors, public responses to notorious medical quacks, murders, unscrupulous treatments and other crimes in the world of medicine and health.

The book spans a wide territory, written in the wry story-telling fashion of an insightful forensic psychiatrist with a penchant for exposing missed diagnoses and doctor-patient frailty.

Appealing to a wide variety of readers of all ages, the book takes its readers on a thought-provoking journey, from the heights of Mount Everest to the sun-blasted deserts of Central Australia, and from a Bavarian lake to a remote island off the coast of northern Australia, discussing the minds of some of the world’s most bizarre doctors, patients and murderers. The book will be of great interest to those with an interest in medicine, health care, psychology, psychology and mental illness-related crimes.


Forensic psychiatrist Robert M. Kaplan is Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Wollongong, Australia. He has written on murder, crime, genocide, history, medicine and psychiatry. He has often appeared on radio and as a public speaker, and is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers. His publications include the books Medical Murder: Disturbing Tales of Doctors Who Kill, The Exceptional Brain and How It Changed the World and The Prophet of Psychiatry: In Search of Reginald Ellery.

"This is a book that I would heartily recommend to anyone with an interest in the oft-forgotten stories that light the way to a truer understanding of the world. The historical subjects to whom Kaplan turns his juggernaut of a mind are unerringly fascinating, even in the simple detail of their lives and endeavours. Superimposed upon this is an incisive, acerbic, dry, wry wit that lifts the whole above the level of mere erudition, making it so utterly readable."

Ron Elisha Playwright

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ISBN: 1-5275-3389-1

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-3389-9

Release Date: 25th July 2019

Pages: 285

Price: £61.99

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