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Greed and stupidity equal bad medicine

November 14, 2011
The Daily Freeman Journal

To the editor:

Dr. Conrad Murray has been charged and convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop star Michael Jackson. Dr. Murray was a licensed cardiologist hired to help Jackson sleep. Instead, Murray chose to play an anesthesiologist by giving Jackson a deadly mixture of the sedatives Lorazepam, Midazolam, and Diazepam.

When that did not work to get Jackson asleep, Murray set up a deadly I.V. drip of Propofol, upon Jackson's request. It is believed the sedative Lorazepam might have intensified the effects of the Propofol, ultimately causing Jackson's death. The doctor took an oath and he broke the oath. Murray knew better, no matter what his patient asked for. Murray was negligent, and his negligence cost his patient his life. Murray should have been charged with homicide as he knew exactly what he was doing and the terrible risks involved. The justice system has to place the blame on someone. But where was the responsibility on Jackson's behalf? Jackson was a drug addict, plain and simple. Jackson sought out this doctor because he knew the doctor would administer whatever drugs he wanted. Jackson was on a path of self-destruction no matter who was around. Jackson needed counseling, therapy, and a doctor who really cared for his well-being and recovery. People are saying no one told Jackson no and that was the problem. People needed to stop thinking about his money and consider his well-being. If an ordinary patient is under a doctor's care, and something bad happens, it is malpractice. If one is a big star and something bad happens, it is homicide. This is a double standard. I bet now he wishes he had never met Jackson and had taken him as a patient. Nevertheless, he was blind-sided by the income he received from Jackson each month. Sometimes greed can be disastrous just like what has happened to both men. Money is the root of all evil, but it also something we all need to survive. Murray will be spending all his hard earned money on lawyers and a new reputation doing something somewhere after he gets out of prison. That is, if he even goes to prison. This doctor rolled the dice and lost his freedom. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I hope that he will be thinking long and hard about his bad choices while awaiting sentencing. Greed and stupidity = bad medicine.

Patty Miller




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