Patient violence against doctors has always existed and seems to be on the increase. In a 2008 survey, 75 percent of ER doctors reported at least one verbal threat in the previous year. About 30 percent indicated that they had been the victims of a physical assault, and 12 percent had been confronted outside the ER. Approximately 3.5 percent had been stalked.

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Of the reported physical assaults, 89 percent were at the hands of a patient. The rest came from patients’ family members or friends. In China, many people are afraid of becoming doctors or frontline medical practitioners because of the threat of violence.

However, the violence against doctors doesn’t always stop at assault. There are also chilling times when patients kill their doctors. Here is a lit of the top 5 patients who killed their doctors.

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