The Medusa Enigma
by Dino Panvini, M.D.

"I’m extremely conscious of my body’s frailty and vulnerability. I believe that this in turn makes me a better doctor."

In this combination of memoir and exposé, the author tells the story of the struggles he endured due to personal health, unfaithful relationships, lies, and legal battles that have surrounded the thirty years of his medical career. These trials began when his family-encouraged marriage failed due to his wife’s drug use. She hired a corrupt lawyer who charged him falsely with drug usage. His wife turned both of the author’s teenage children against him. He had to move out of state by himself and found work at a hospital in the American Southwest. Eventually, two of Panvini’s fellow doctors, likewise unscrupulous, would join the battle that nearly cost him his life. Few people like a whistle-blower, so at times his sole supporters were staff members who had worked for him.

In this book, Panvini spends nearly as much time in and out of courts engaged in legal battles as he spent in the hospitals. Confessing that he doesn’t “have much respect left for the legal profession,” the author sounds a warning to Americans to fix their justice system. Frivolous and fraudulent lawsuits drive up health care costs for patients as well as the price of malpractice insurance for doctors. They can also cause doctors to be blackballed.

The reader will learn much from this man who was willing to confront operations within a hospital’s surgical ward and doctors’ private practices. Where the author shines best is at explaining the appropriate procedures for a surgeon whose specialties are hernia repair and urology. With several flashbacks occurring within the book, it is necessary for the reader to stay oriented. This complex tale unfolds across 285 pages, along with a lengthy list of enemies (names changed) who filed fraudulent claims within America’s failing justice system.

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