British Doctor Performs Exorcism Rather Than Medicine

Here’s a mind-blowing story out of the UK, where a physician apparently convinced a woman that instead of a medical problem she was possessed by demons and got her to undergo an exorcism at his church instead of treating her. A licensing panel in that country was told the story:

A Christian family doctor performed an exorcism on a seriously ill patient after promising he could “heal” her without medication, a medical tribunal heard.

GP Dr Thomas O’Brien, 56, persuaded the mother of one to undergo the spiritual procedure at his local Pentecostal church after telling her: “God is your surgeon,” it was claimed.

During a four-month period leading to the ceremony, O’Brien is alleged to have subjected the patient who was in great pain after stomach surgery to “religious grooming” in which he said the “devil was having a real go at her” and that she had “devil items” in her house.

The doctor further exploited the woman’s vulnerability by quoting the Bible at her, taking her to religious meetings, praying with her at home and even programming her television remote to satellite TV’s The Gospel Channel, it was said.

O’Brien and his wife Tina, 62, also gave the woman a copy of a book he had written with his wife called the Occult Checklist and got her to meet the local pastor over lunch at a restaurant. The couple later pressurised the woman into a signing a document called the Prayer of Repentance, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service was told.

The patient, who was also severely depressed, became convinced she had been possessed by demons and all her troubles were because of the devil. She was told to stop taking anti-depressants and blood pressure medication and allegedly warned not to tell her psychiatrist as O’Brien claimed they were “very dangerous”. She later told her psychiatrist, who subsequently reported O’Brien to the General Medical Council.

If any of this is true, that doctor should never practice again.

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  • Taz

    If a substantial part of it is true he should be in jail.

  • grumpyoldfart

    I wonder how many people he has taken to an exorcism in the past?

    I wonder how many of the died?

    I wonder how many of them remembered him in their will?

  • John Pieret

    I think the General Medical Council should perform an exorcism of its list of licensed doctors to rid it of incompetent devils.

  • chilidog99

    Bobby Jindal, is that you?

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Cue the “religious freedom exemption” argument in three…two…

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    See?!? We tried to warn you! THIS is the future of Obamacare!! Also, it was not even the right kind of Pentecostal church!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Now I’m sad. My doc only refers me to other doctors.

  • raven

    People occasionally die from exorcisms. Either the procedure, which is to say the least, not standardized. Or from not going to real doctors to be treated with real medicine.

    This doc is obviously a predatory Oogedy Boogedy xian. As usual, they pick on the sick, weak, and desperate. This woman was in chronic pain and severely depressed.

    What’s the harm in exorcisms?

    whatstheharm.net/exorcisms.html

    These are stories of people who have been harmed by not thinking critically … Staten Island, New York. Murdered April 27, 1997. Like many small children, Amy …

    Toddler’s Exorcism Death Part of Dark History – LiveScience

    www. livescience. com/37274-toddler-exorcism-death.html

    Jun 7, 2013 – A father was convicted of killing his 2-year-old during an exorcism, … Belief in spirits and demons has been part of humanity for millennia and can lead to … me (or him, or her) do it” is very much alive in many people’s minds.

    I haven’t read these. I was having a nice day until this. Now, I feel like I need to exorcize Toxic Religion from the USA. Where’s my Darwin and Dawkins now. I may have to make do with Wikipedia.

  • bushrat

    He wasn’t a RealPentacostal™ if he wasn’t carrying around a poinonous snake and speaking in tongues. That’s why the exorcism failed.

  • jnorris

    Don’t worry about Dr O’Brien, he can get Rand Paul to certify him in ophthalmology.

  • lordshipmayhem

    Ed Brayton:

    If any of this is true, that doctor should never practice again.

    Follow up on the story, from January 28:

    He was indeed struck off the British Medical Register, and is no longer legally permitted to practice.