Are doctors really evil geniuses?

As well as being a medical journalist, I’m a novelist. The protagonist of my latest novel happens to be a doctor, which got me thinking about how the medical profession has been portrayed in literature down the ages.

Fictional doctors, it’s safe to say, are no believers in the Hippocratic oath. Faced with the choice of good or evil, they almost always opt for the dark side.

Think Dr No, and his dastardly plan to commit mass murder with an atomic death ray. The good