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Confessions of an American Doctor: A true story of greed, ego and loss of ethics Kindle Edition
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Undeterred, Kepler resorted to importing HGH and botox from China, requesting that manufacturers not attach labels so he could better defraud his patients. He was caught when customs intercepted his shipments and sent an undercover
DEA agent to his office, posing as a patient. Kepler promised her eternal youth in exchange for cold cash. He then hired a slick lawyer for 125K, who kept him out of jail. Kepler did serve some time in a halfway house and under house arrest.
He remains unrepentant throughout, despite his allegations of enlightenment. A more arrogant individual would be a rare find indeed. I highly suspect a more cautious Kepler is up to his old tricks this very moment and undoubtedly very rich.
The writing is not good. Very slow pacing, terrible dialogue. Difficult to believe this guy is a physician with an Ivy League education.
Lay writers about physicians can't seem to resist overloading their curricula vitae. It's not enough that Kepler went through 8 years of premedical and medical studies followed by at least 5 years of residency and fellowship. No, he also attended Harvard on a football scholarship and picked up a PhD in pharmacology along the way. Lastly, the part about the miraculous restorer of hair growth is pure science fiction. I'm surprised that the author included it because it challenges one's 'suspension of disbelief' through the rest of the book.
On the one hand, it is an engrossing narrative that keeps the reader engaged. However, the story seems like it should be over around 60 per cent of the way through the book. Yet another event occurs and off the tale goes once again.
That's where the story starts to lose my interest. Part of the problem is that by that point of the storyline, it is apparent the overall narrative doesn't have a ring of authenticity.
In, fact it is just the opposite. The writer seems to overuse medical details and descriptive scientific processes as a means of trying to convince the reader this character is real. All of the extraneous information ends up being of no possible interest to a layperson and therefore is pretentious, at the very least.
As many other reviewers have also noted, there is no evidence of a Max Kepler, MD, found online or licensed to practice in California. If this was a physician using a pseudonym, it would be clearly stated in the book's forward.
If somehow this preposterous story is about a real person, then hiding his identity without divulging he's doing so is proof he's learned nothing about honesty and providing full disclosure. This lack of professional integrity is at the heart of the crimes he's guilty of commiting to begin with. So he's perpetuating misrepresentation and fraud. Evidently, the lesson wasn't learned. I'm just sayin'.
If I'd read this book as a work of fiction, I'd give it 5-Stars in spite of a handful of typos and/or grammer issues.
However, since the book is represented as being a true crime story, penned by a Harvard educated physician who doesn't seem to exist and has no editing skills, I give this story 1-Star.
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