“Grossly negligent” doc told a dad to give 4-year-0ld marijuana cookies when he acts up
| LA Times – A Hollywood physician could lose his medical license after recommending that a father give his 4-year-old son marijuana cookies to control temper tantrums, according to California’s medical board.
Dr. William Eidelman, a natural-medicine physician, improperly diagnosed the boy with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder before recommending marijuana as the treatment, the medical board said in a decision announced last month.
The board has ordered that the doctor’s license be revoked, but as the case is being further litigated, Eidelman’s license remains active and he continues to practice.
The penalties against Eidelman stem from his treatment of a young boy who was misbehaving in school and brought to the doctor’s office by his father in September 2012, according to the medical board report.
Much of Eidelman’s practice centers on writing letters for patients to obtain medical marijuana, which he said he began doing in 1997, shortly after the state first legalized the drug for medical use.
After a 30-minute visit with the boy and his father, the doctor wrote in his chart that the child had a “probable combination of ADD/ADHD and bipolar disorder” and should “try cannabis in small amounts in cookies,” according to the medical board’s decision.
The boy appeared nervous and agitated but not “abnormal,” according to an interview with the doctor that was included in medical board documents.
The doctor had previously recommended cannabis for the father’s ADHD and bipolar disorder, according to the board report.
The board found Eidelman “grossly negligent” for determining the boy’s diagnosis without consulting a psychiatrist, collecting information from the boy’s teachers, or asking his father about the child’s moods and sleep patterns.
“Tantrums alone … do not support either diagnosis,” the board’s decision said. “ ‘Being agitated’ and ‘having trouble sitting still’ hint at ADHD but could simply hint at a preschooler not happy to have driven many miles to a doctor’s appointment.” Read more. File photo: Uncle Harry, CC BY 2.0
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