A Doctor’s Lesson From Michael Jackson’s Death
Like most of you, I still mourn the unfortunate death of Michael Jackson. As I am also a black doctor, I watched with great interest the case against Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray. This tragic case reminded me of a valuable lesson that every doctor also needs to always remember.
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Some of my experiences have involved similar issues, a father dealing with the loss of a son, drug intervention for a family member, and having patients who have been addicted to drugs.
As an African American physician, I have empathy for Dr. Murray, but if I had the opportunity I would ask him if he forgot what all medical students learn in the first year of medical school and that is, “first, do no harm.”