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What doctors can learn from the verdict

  • Dr. Drew: Docs need to practice within their boundaries
  • Any question of patient addiction needs to be addressed
  • JVM: This should be a wake-up call for the country

On Monday, a jury in Los Angeles found Dr. Conrad Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

Dr. Drew and his guests discussed the lessons medical professionals need to learn from this tragic case.

“This is a great education for doctors to practice within our boundaries,” explained Dr. Alon Steinberg, a cardiologist who testified for the prosecution. “Now, when someone comes to me with an obvious addiction problem, I'm more educated now, just from this trial, that I can tell patients ‘listen, this is outside my expertise ... I need to send you to a specialist.’”

It is appropriate that people feel relief, now that Conrad Murray has been convicted, Dr Drew said.

But he adds: “Let's not forget that this is a sad and solemn situation for two men: one is dead, the other, a convicted felon,” he said. “Let's all take a deep breath and stop looking for some kind of a sacrifice ... Michael's family needs to get on with their lives and so do we.”

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