M. A. Farber: Difference between revisions

Farber's initial involvement in what would become known as the Dr. X case began in June 1975 when the paper received a letter from a woman claiming that as many as 40 patients had been murdered at a hospital by its chief surgeon. The letter handed to him offered no information as to where the alleged murders had occurred or who the murder was, if there was anything at all to the letter.<ref name=Smithsonian>Farber, Myron. [http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/On_Not_Naming_Names.html "On Not Naming Names "], ''[[Smithsonian]]'', September 2005. Accessed October 19, 2009.</ref>
 
Farber pursued the case by speaking with someone in the forensic toxicology field who was able to recall a case at [[Riverdell Hospital]], a private medical facility that had since closed. Further investigation led to the identification of Dr. Mario Jascalevich as the hospital's chief surgeon. While Jascalevich's surgical patients routinely survived, those of a new doctorsurgeon were dying at a significantly high rate. This new surgeon, together with directors of the hospital, opened Jascalevich's locker on October 31, 1966 and found 18 near empty vials of [[curare]], a powerful muscle relaxant that could cause death if not administered in conjunction with artificial respiration.<ref name=Smithsonian/>
 
===Trial and jail===