Law & Order: Season 1, Episode 1

Prescription for Death (13 Sep. 1990)

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Greevey and Logan discover that a hospital is covering up an emergency room physician's mistake which results in a patient's death. They later find out that the doctor may have also been drunk at the time.

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Dr. Edward Auster
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Howard Morton
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Phillip Nevins
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Dr. 'Ekballa' Raza
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Detectives Max Greevy and Mike Logan investigate the death of teenager Suzanne Morton in a hospital emergency room after her father files a complaint saying she was murdered there. She had gone to the hospital to have her prescription for antibiotics refilled and was dead a few hours later. All of the doctor's in the case are tight-lipped about what happened but when the detectives find that part of the girl's chart was erased with white-out, they come to believe that someone is covering up. Their investigation leads them to the hospital's Chief of Medicine, Dr. Edward Auster, an eminent cardiologist who had been drinking heavily at a reception just before going into the ER. The challenge for Executive ADA Stone is to mount a case against someone with his sterling reputation and prove that he has a problem with alcohol. Written by garykmcd

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In Jack McCoys office, there is a small version of the Irish Brigades Flag on the bulletin board. See more »

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When covering up the dead body with a sheet (end of opening scene) the victim can clearly be seen swallowing. See more »

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Dr. Edward Auster: Well, people like to believe that medicine is pure science. Medicine is a science. But doctors know it's also a lottery.
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Law & Order: Prescription for Death
22 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Excellent episode, the original fault (from the true Headline case) was the overworked residents and interns. For the show's usual social commentary it would have been so nice if they had used that material. This would have been better, if they expanded on the case's true facts. The state of New Yorks hospitals was deplorable enough to cause legislation limiting the number of hours per day and days per week that physicians in training can be expected to work. Ironically that was considered to be not believable enough to write about. Disappointingly though they took a cheap shot and blamed it on an alcoholic doctor. Guess that was more believable.


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