Shots Guests Need and Shots They Ask For - The Life of a Hotel Doctor
By Mike Oppenheim, MD
I carry two sorts of medication: those guests need and those they ask for. The second category is tricky as these examples illustrate. Another: bereaved guests or those in great emotional distress often beg for a shot to "put me out." Unfortunately, although movie doctors use it regularly, there is no injection that makes you go to sleep. A general anesthetic works, but it's a bad idea to use one outside of a medical facility. Michael Jackson's doctor disagreed, and it turned out badly.
B12 remains a hotel doctor's only reliable moneymaking placebo. I've never encountered an illness that required it, but requests arrive several times a year. Celebrities often ask for an injection before a performance, always a thrill.