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What Is South Korean's Female President Up To
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SEOUL (Reuters) - At the start of President Park Geun-hye's term, physician Kim Sang-man was a frequent guest at Seoul's Blue House, exempt from thorough security checks, giving injections derived from human placenta to South Korea's most important patient.
Park's frequent medical and cosmetic treatments, including shots administered without the supervision of her official doctors, have been revealed in detail during investigations into a sweeping corruption scandal that is poised to cost her the presidency, raising questions over their safety and efficacy.
It has also fueled criticism that doctors not appointed by the presidential office treated her over an extended period and continued to do so even after medical staff at her official Blue House residence became aware.
"We're talking about the president, not just anybody, so the official doctor has to be consulted and then make the decision," said Shin Hyun-dai, who served as a Blue House doctor for former President Roh Moo-hyun from 2003 to 2008.
"The official doctor needs to know even about pills given for indigestion. This is nonsense," said Shin, who practices Oriental medicine.
Kim said Park, who is 64 and has never married, suffered from insomnia and often became fatigued. He said he had gone into the Blue House to see Park a few times before being named a "consulting Blue House doctor" in August 2013, and several times after that.
He said he would visit Park's residential quarters after his shift at a clinic, when the president's medical staff were off duty.
"I would get a call that she is not well, and I would go in," Kim told a parliamentary hearing this week.
Kim would said he would give Park placenta extract injections, which are administered subcutaneously, or just under the outer layer of skin.
"Usually doctors treat illnesses but my speciality is I try to manage the condition before an illness," he said.

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