Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The King And Dr. Nick

The King And Dr. Nick by George Nichopoulos, M. D.
The King and Dr. Nick was written by the doctor who cared for Elvis Presley during the busy, turbulent years that were ultimately the last decade of his life. In this book the reader is given an account of the relations Dr. Nichopoulos, called Dr. Nick, had with Elvis and those who surrounded him. The account begins with the tragic ending that was the last day of Elvis' life. Dr. Nick gives an account of his dealings on that day, and also of what happened at Graceland, because his son Dean was working security there that day. He then backtracks to cover his entire history with Elvis and his entourage. Also included is the aftermath that Dr. Nick dealt with because a great many people believed that Elvis' death was drug related and that Dr. Nick had a hand in it, though it has been proven that Elvis died of natural causes.
Ultimately Elvis' is the supreme tragedy. He, one of the most gifted entertainers of our time, was forced to battle many demons of addiction and dependency, as well as genetic conditions such as high blood pressure and heart problems. His name was unnecessarily sullied during the investigation surrounding his death, and he was marked as yet another rock god who overdosed. The evidence is against that finding, though, convincing anyone with an unbiased mind that his death was of natural conditions recognized and untreated at Elvis' choice.
I have always had a great deal of respect and admiration for Elvis Presley, and that is what I see reflected in this book, written by his personal physician. I have long wondered about what caused his death, and in this book are the closest we can come to an answer.
Disclosure of materials connection: In return for this review, I was given a copy of the book by the publisher.

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