A medical negligence lawsuit filed by a man claiming that he was defrauded out of millions of dollars has drawn comparisons to a bogus note from a doctor in the late 1800s that led to thousands of lawsuits.
Dr. Frederick Dolittle, a cardiologist at a medical school in Pennsylvania, allegedly wrote false prescriptions to cure the symptoms of an ulcerative colitis infection.
In the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, Dolittle alleges that his treatment of the patient led to $2 million in medical malclaims and other damages.
“The defendant doctor, in his letter, wrote that he would be willing to perform a test to determine if the patient was suffering from ulcerated stomach, or if it was ulceration of the small intestine,” the lawsuit said.
“He then requested a $1,000,000 medical malinvestment on the patient.
Dolittle never performed the test.
Instead, he used the money to purchase a medical malaccusation of his own.”
Dolittle said the letter was signed by Dr. Joseph M. Fieger, a physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School.
“I think he is a very nice doctor, very gentle and respectful,” Dolittle said of Fiegers wife, the late Marjorie Fieber.
“But he was also a very, very good doctor, and he was willing to write the letter.”
Fieger died in 1991.
In a statement released Thursday, Fiegger’s widow, Barbara, said: “I was not aware that my husband had been defraumatized, but he did.
He was very generous and kind.
He wrote that letter and signed it and had it sent to his wife and children.
The letter was very good and he wrote that to tell them he loved them.
He had a wonderful wife and two beautiful daughters, and his death was very hard on us.”
In his statement, Dolittles widow said she was “disgusted” by the allegations.
“As an innocent bystander, I was horrified and appalled to learn that Dr. Dolittle was so careless with the funds and the money he spent on his own treatment,” she said.
Dolittles claims that he is the target of fraudulent medical maldiagnoses because of his treatment, and that his doctor, Dr. John W. B. Davis, wrote a letter in the 1800s to a man in Pennsylvania about a person who had a rare but fatal illness.
The doctor claimed the patient had ulcerations of the intestine, which is a condition where the lining of the intestines becomes thin and breaks down, causing the infection.
The condition is a life-threatening condition that affects around 5 percent of the U.N. population.
The letter claims that B.D. Davis then asked the patient’s doctor if he could perform a biopsy.
Davis wrote that the patient could be treated with a bioperative, a process that destroys the lining and kills the bacteria that cause the condition.
“He wrote that his bioperatives were effective, and the patient recovered completely,” Dolittels lawsuit said, referring to the bioperativity.
“However, the patient did not recover in the sense that he recovered from his disease and his life was completely restored,” the statement continued.
Dalibor, an attorney for Dolitts, told ABC News on Thursday that the doctor’s letter was part of a fraud by a pharmaceutical company called AstraZeneca.
“This letter is a fraud against Dr. Davis and the patients of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as the patients and their families,” Dalibor said.
“We’re confident that the plaintiffs are not the only ones who received this letter.
There were millions of people who did not receive a letter from Dr. D. Dolitte.”
Dalibi, who represents himself, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.