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Interestingly, the real Dr. Nick is still alive. He was "indicted, tried and, in 1981, acquitted on charges he had overprescribed drugs to Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and seven other people," writes one Memphis reporter. Dr. Nick, at the time, was exhibiting the black bag he'd presumably used to carry around his prescriptions in a travelling exhibit called "Memories of Elvis."

He finally lost his license in 1995. Now 75, his pension tapped out by 25 years of litigation, he gave a poignant interview to a British reporter in August. Asked who treats his patient now, Dr. Nick looked him in the eye and replied:

"Mostly they go to veterinarians."