Former addict surgeon exposes drug abuse inside medical profession

To support his drug habit, surgeon James J. Scheiner engaged in medical fraud and ended up in prison, a life he recounts in “The Janus Doctor: A Nightmare of Drugs and Deceit”
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(PR NewsChannel) / July 17, 2012 / CHARLESTON, S.C.  

"The Janus Doctor: A Nightmare of Drugs and Deceit"

"The Janus Doctor: A Nightmare of Drugs and Deceit" by James J. Scheiner

In “The Janus Doctor: A Nightmare of Drugs and Deceit” (ISBN 1475107633), Dr. James J. Scheiner exposes drug abuse among doctors, beginning with his own sordid story of addiction, fraud and deceit. Once a competent surgeon, his chemical dependency eventually cost him his practice. To survive, he agrees to oversee experimental drug trials for pharmaceutical companies. Instead, he cooks the books, inventing data and patients along the way. He is sent to prison, where he hits rock bottom and begins a long process of recovery, both spiritually and physically.

In prison, with the help of a wise rabbi and a notorious Black Panther member, Scheiner learns to confront his past and change his behavior. He looks back to his impoverished youth with alcoholic, workhorse parents who drove him into the medical profession against his will. As a result, he took to drugs to propel him to the top of his class and never learned how to quit his addiction.

As a drug-addicted doctor, he was not alone. According to Scheiner, current statistics suggest that approximately 1 in 7 doctors battles chemical dependency. He calls these physicians Janus doctors, due to their two-faced nature like the Roman god.

“The Janus doctors present patients with a face of competence, knowledge, control and focus,” says Scheiner. “The face that patients do not see is one of failure, deceit, intemperance and blurred vision.”

Delivered from the physician’s point of view, “The Janus Doctor” shows how a doctor could claim to care for a patient’s health while spiraling into his or her own tortured world of deceit and dependency. In his book, Scheiner shows how other patients can look up records online to see if their doctor has been previously punished for negligent care due to substance abuse. Bold and provocative, this memoir is by a doctor who lived through his own addiction and imprisonment. It is intended to be an eye-opening read for all patients and anyone who suspects their physician has been less than forthcoming.

“The Janus Doctor: A Nightmare of Drugs and Deceit” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author: An orthopedic surgeon for over 30 years, James J. Scheiner, M.D., graduated from the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and has lectured at major medical universities. Despite his young promise, he became a drug-addicted doctor who masked his problem for years. He served time in a federal penitentiary for medical fraud. To redeem himself upon his release, he set about exposing the problems of the addict physician to the wider public.  

James J. Scheiner, M.D.
Phone:             (410) 398-2704



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