Saturday, February 6, 2010

Isn't It Okay As Long as People Believe In It?

Timothy Syed Andersson billed himself as dermatologist to the stars.

Andersson, known to his patients as Dr. Syed, had a wall of photos at his home office in San Francisco's Lakeshore district, showing him with actress Julia Roberts and actress-model Elizabeth Hurley, Nobel laureate Linus Pauling and other notables.

His Web site boasted of his research that had led to cures for everything from stretch marks to hair loss.

San Francisco prosecutors say it was all a lie. The pictures were digitally altered, the credentials and research manufactured, his patients - children told they had cancer, adults injected with drugs they didn't need - taken for thousands of dollars.

But if people believed he was helping them, why can't the San Francisco DA just leave him alone? Isn't it okay as long as they believed in him? More information here.

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