I’ll play devil’s advocate here, then I’ll offer an opinion.
I do believe that Dr. Murray believed that he was doing what he thought would improve the quality of life for his patient. I also believe that Dr. Murray believed that he had calculated the risks and benefits for his patient.
Dr. Murray was careless and wreckless, however, in the fact that what he was doing, to my limited knowledge, should have required a team of physicians, not just one doctor all by his superman lonesome. I think Dr. Murray knew that what he was doing was dangerous and was putting Jackson’s life in danger. I also think that had Dr. Murray had the choice, he WOULD have had a team of physicians to help him monitor Jackson (along with all the equipment needed). It’s not an issue of money, to me. It’s an issue of privacy on Jackson’s part. The man was private. Too much so. I think that ultimately, that had a major part to play in the doctor-patient relationship, and was a major contributing factor to Jackson’s demise.
Dr. Murray’s heart, I think… Was in the right place. However, his ethical compass was so messed up and unorthodox that I have no idea how he managed to wake up to do his job. Lesson learned?… There are three.
1.) NEVER ignore your professional and ethical responsibilities.
2.) Use at least common sense when considering the previous.
3.) For your own protection and your clients’ protection, carefully weigh the risks and benefits of any programming that you create for a client, and implement your programming with sound judgment.
I think alot can be taken from this case. First of all he swore an oath as a doctor to do no harm and I think that he failed on that one VERY important point. Also his actions speak louder than words. We should learn that if we are not trained to do “X” we should not do it!! If a cleint comes to us and what us to do “X” we should have the intergity to say that is not within my area of expertise.
But we should be wise to know what we can and can not do!!!!