EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Drew Pinsky Calls Michael Jackson’s Doctor “Negligent”

Jun. 29 2009, Published 9:23 a.m. ET

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Dr. Drew Pinsky says that Michael Jackson's doctor is negligent because of they way Dr. Conrad Murray administered CPR to the singer.

According to the cardiologist’s attorney/spokesman Edward Chernoff, “Dr. Murray had one hand behind his back, and compressing with the other hand. Keep in mind that Mr. Jackson was a frail individual, and the doctor knew this, and he was compressing hard enough. The doctor knew he was pumping blood throughout the system. He did ultimately did place him on the floor."

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But Dr. Pinsky, tells, "What Dr. Murray did is negligent.  This was an improper way to administer CPR. It's absolutely bizarre that he did CPR in that matter, especially since he is a cardiologist."

All cardiologists are first doctors of internal medicine, and Dr. Murray’s board certification in Internal Medicine expired December 31, 2008, according to the American Board of Internal Medicine. 

Pinsky went on to say that he hoped a doctor who was taking care of a patient who "is opiate dependent” would have Narcan and be able to administer it immediately if needed.  It is widely believed that Jackson was using a variety of painkillers.  Narcan is a drug used to reverse the effects of a narcotic overdose. 

Dr. Pinsky is the best-selling author of The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America.


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