Last week, we heard tapes of Dr. Conrad Murray being questioned by detectives. In that interview, Murray stated that Michael Jackson was his friend.
A few other physicians who treated Jackson have also claimed to be friends with the superstar. On Wednesday night, Dr. Drew addressed this very issue on his HLN show.
“Doctors [become] so dazzled by special patients,” Dr. Drew said. “My advice to my peers when they're treating celebrities is don't treat them any differently than anybody else. The standard of care of the medicine is the standard because it is the best and if we do anything other than the standard that we offer to all our patients, we're doing something substandard or potentially substandard.”
Guest Dr. Mark Urman, cardiologist and board member of the American Heart Association agreed, saying that it’s "very easy to get enamored" with somebody who's famous.
“I don't get enamored by it,” Dr. Drew said. “It's more difficult. They're more demanding... you have to hold firm, hold fast.”
Dr. Mark Urman added that it's all about boundaries.
“You have to make it clear, and I do this with all my patients, that there are certain things that are allowable [and] there are certain things that aren't,” he said. "Just because somebody is trying to press you into doing something you know is not right, you feel uncomfortable about it, and it's not good medical practice. You've got to take a stand.”
Dr. Drew summed up his thoughts later in the show by stating, “You can't be physician and friend... it’s dangerous. Boundaries become unclear... and when people have a substance problem, that's where it really goes off the rail.”
Hear more from Dr. Drew on HLN weeknights at 9 p.m. ET and follow the show on Twitter @DrDrewHLN.
Complete courtroom coverage of the Conrad Murray trial airs live on HLN from gavel to gavel. It’s also on In Session on truTV from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET every weekday.