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Sleep expert blasts Jackson doctor in Los Angeles trial

Other News Materials 14 October 2011 05:03
The last witnesses for the prosecution in the Michael Jackson manslaughter case blasted the pop star's doctor Thursday for practicing "bad medicine" and said that his treatment of Jackson was a "recipe for disaster", DPA reported.
Sleep expert blasts Jackson doctor in Los Angeles trial

The last witnesses for the prosecution in the Michael Jackson manslaughter case blasted the pop star's doctor Thursday for practicing "bad medicine" and said that his treatment of Jackson was a "recipe for disaster", DPA reported.

Dr Nadar Kamangar, a sleep expert, said that Dr Conrad Murray should have evaluated the causes of Jackson's insomnia instead of treating him with the hospital sedative propofol that caused his death. Kamangar called the treatment an "extreme deviation" from standard care.

"Mr Jackson was receiving very inappropriate therapy in the home setting, receiving very potent sedatives including propofol, midazolam and lorazepam without appropriate monitoring by Dr Murray and ultimately this cocktail was a recipe for disaster in a patient that had underlying dehydration," said Kamangar.

Prosecutors also called Dr Stephen Shafer, an expert on propofol, who criticized Murray for his lax control over dosage. Shafer's testimony is due to resume Monday.

Their testimony came after a prominent cardiologist on Wednesday told jurors that Murray, 58, was directly to blame for the death of Jackson, citing what he said were egregious deviations from standard medical care.

Murray is accused of causing Jackson's June 2009 death by giving him the hospital anesthetic propofol as a sleeping aide. He has pled not guilty and faces 4 years in jail if found guilty.

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