Conrad Murray’s Deadly Cure for Insomnia Propofol

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Michael Jackson’s physician, Conrad Murray, might face manslaughter charges.  According to several news reports, police are now moving ahead to issue an arrest warrant against Dr. Murray.  He was administering 50 milligrams of Propofol (a powerful anesthetic) to combat MJ’s insomnia each night; the L.A. Chief Medical examiner reported lethal levels were in the pop star’s system. L.A. police have discovered 8 bottles of Propofol in MJ’s home and according to authorities, Murray failed to tell doctors he administered the drug, a critical omission that calls into question his method of treatment.

Celebrity Doctors: The New Menace?

On August 1, USC Sociologist Karen Sternheimer was interviewed on National Public Radio regarding celebrity doctors and the possible peril they pose to those they are entrusted to heal. In the cases of Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith, Hippocrates himself might cringe at what he would see as a breach of the sacred, ethics-based oath that bears his name which doctors are sworn to uphold. Were their physicians so seduced by the lure of celebrity they stroked their patients’ egos in plying them with an overabundance of pharmaceuticals? A fine line is drawn between patient care and endeavoring to remain in the celebrity’s employ and “inner circle”, as well as using that status to build cache in the community and their medical practices. When sizeable amounts of money and reputations are at stake, can these doctors risk alienating  patients by not catering to their every whim?  MJ and ANS are neither the first, nor the last celebrity patients of this questionable pursuit of wellness.  It was announced MJ’s mother is considering filing a wrongful death suit against Conrad Murray who is already the focus of a manslaughter investigation.  This litigation coupled with ANS’s physicians, who are already on the Read More …