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  1. Doctors to the stars are being thrust into the limelight for the practice of bad medicine. Recent questionable cases involve doctors prescribing narcotics to celebrity patients, like Melanie Griffith, with well publicized addictive histories or......  Read Full Episode Summary »

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  1. Doctors to the stars are being thrust into the limelight for the practice of bad medicine. Recent questionable cases involve doctors prescribing narcotics to celebrity patients, like Melanie Griffith, with well publicized addictive histories or taking patients chasing eternal youth beyond the limits of sound experience. A handful of opportunistic doctors seem to be exploiting the rich and famous. In this <i>VH1 News Presents</i>, we'll examine the culture of medicine in Hollywood. Through reporting and anecdotes, we'll learn how doctors approached by celebrity patients are seduced by the idea of being relied upon by the famous. The doctor enjoys a new lifestyle, gaining entrance into the culture of the rich and famous via invitations to red carpet events and coverage in national &amp; international media. They benefit from billing the stars for expensive treatments that usually aren't covered by insurance (such as plastic surgery) where the money goes straight into the doctor's pocket. Sometimes these doctors cross the line. Ozzy Osbourne's and Courtney Love's prescription drug abuse suggest that a growing number of stars are getting hooked on prescription pills. Are doctors who prescribe pills like Vicodin and Oxycontin to addicted stars becoming modern day dealers? We'll also examine the case involving Arnold Klein, dermatologist to such stars as Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Carrie Fisher, whose experimental use of Botox has landed him in the hot seat.

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