Poor Carl Levine. His wife has allegedly been having an affair with her psychiatrist since about 2000. And the psychiatrist allegedly had herpes. And allegedly gave Levine’s wife herpes. And now Levine has herpes.
We’ve heard of some off-the-wall psychiatric treatments but this one sounds quite unhealthy.
Now Levine is suing Dr. Robert Werboff for hiding his disease, for knowingly infecting Levine’s wife, for thus knowingly exposing Levine to herpes, and for just being a really bad doctor. According to Levine’s complaint [PDF], he has suffered “severe and permanent physical, emotional and mental distress” and “anguish, humiliation, embarrassment, fright, shock, pain, discomfort, and anxiety and has suffered permanent injuries and damages.”
We’re suffering similar emotions after having done a Google image search for “herpes.” Ick….
Perhaps Dr. Werboff will defend himself by saying he’s old-fashioned in his treatment. In the 17th century, psychiatrists would diagnose women with “hysteria.” Per Wikipedia, it was believed to be caused by disturbances of the uterus:
The term hysteria was coined by Hippocrates, who thought that suffocation and madness arose in women whose uteri had become too light and dry from lack of sexual intercourse and, as a result, wandered upward, compressing the heart, lungs, and diaphragm. The belief was that hysterical symptoms would emanate from the part of the body in which the wandering uterus lodged itself…. [H]ysteria came into use in the middle and late 19th century to describe what is today generally considered to be sexual dysfunction. Typical treatment was massage of the patient’s genitalia by the physician and later vibrators or water sprays to cause orgasm.
If Dr. Werbroff also uses leeches to draw blood, he might have a strong defense.
Having herpes sounds pretty terrible. But at least the herpes give Levine a reason to take the man who made him a cuckold to court.
This is not the first cuckold with herpes to have infected these pages. Last year, Kirkland partner Frederick Tanne sued his wife and her alleged lover for giving him herpes. His cuckold suit apparently backfired, though — through the course of litigation, Tanne discovered that he was the only one with the disease.
Man Claims Shrink Gave His Wife Herpes [Courthouse News Service]