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Sentencing of Jackson Doctor Highlights Debate over Ethics of "Celebrity Medicine"

On November 29, 2011, Michael Jackson’s former physician, Dr. Conrad Murray was sentence to the maximum of 4 years in prison.  His sentencing prompted anger and frustration from the judge and a lecture on ethics and responsibility, also observations about the role of “celebrity medicine” in society.  The judge stated that Murray’s behavior was an “unacceptable, egregious” leaving from medical ethics.

This just shows how medical professionals care more for money than a human life and in this case how a supposedly respected figure failed through on their sworn oath.  Even though he was sentenced this will not likely change the culture of celebrity medicine.  Too many doctors are willing to give their patients whatever they request with no regard to the legal and ethical aspects.

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