The headline reads Phillip Winikoff, 81, Allegedly Impersonated Doctor, Performed Breast Exams, and I have to admit, for a moment or two there was a little adolescent giggle bubbling up inside me. Then it struck me that this kind of shit could get someone killed. A misdiagnosis on breast cancer for example could waste valuable time and cost lives:
Phillip Winikoff was charged in 2006 with three counts of sexual battery, two counts of practicing medicine without a license, two counts of simple battery and one count of using the title of doctor without a license. Winikoff, of Coconut Creek, was 76 years old when police arrested him for fondling two women’s breasts and genitals while masquerading as a doctor giving free, unsolicited checkups in an apartment complex.
Free and unsolicited, let that be a warning to all. Fortunately it doesn’t sound like he was very good at persuading uh, patients I guess would be the term, to utilize his services, and hopefully no lasting medical harm was done. My advice, if you’re desperate enough to pose as a health professional to touch women, try massage therapist, or something else that would minimize the consequences of your quackery. Better yet, see a real health professional, someone who specializes in mental issues.