Dr. Conrad Murray, the cardiologist at the center of the investigation into Michael Jackson's death, spent a relatively routine day back at his Houston clinic where he began seeing patients again Monday.
The doctor was welcomed back by his mostly elderly patients in an underserved community of Houston. Miranda Sevick, Murray's attorney's spokeswoman, said Murray saw seven patients.
"He hasn't lost a patient in Houston or Las Vegas," Sevick told ABCNews.com. "He's just thrilled to be back. The greatest joy of his life is working as a doctor. After being in exile and being able to hug his patients and shake their hands, he's never been so rejuvenated. He looks relaxed and happy."
"He had been hiding in his home in Las Vegas, but he needs to earn a living," Murray's lawyer Edward Chernoff told the Houston Chronicle. "He's under siege from creditors, has enormous legal fees and doesn't know whether he'll be able to support his family."
Though he remains the focus of the criminal investigation into Michael Jackson's death, which was ruled a homicide in August, Murray has never been charged and his medical license is "free and clear," according to Texas Medical Board spokeswoman Jill Wiggins.
Wiggins said unless Murray had a suspension or some disciplinary action brought against him, the board does not have authority to monitor his practice, including his prescription of medications. She would not confirm or deny whether Murray was currently under investigation by the board.
Sevick said there has been no move by the board to "censure him, bring him in for interview or anything regarding his medical license."
The board does have the right to temporarily suspend physicians pending an investigation if they are believed to present "imminent danger to the public or their patients," Wiggins said. "It would not appear that Dr. Murray's ability to practice medicine is impaired at this point."
Most of the ABCNews.com readers who wrote to us disagreed.
"Would you go to a cardiologist who can't even save someone who goes into cardiac arrest??? I think NOT!!!!!" wrote Kim from Illinois.
"I do not think he should be practicing elsewhere and I think he will have to suffer the consequences of his actions," nursing student Alison Casey of Lewiston, Idaho, wrote.
Annette Galloway of Jackson, Tenn., said she does not believe Murray should be charged with manslaughter but he should be sued for malpractice. "That said, I personally would not ever go to Dr. Murray as a patient," she wrote. He was very careless and I would not put my life is his hands."
But Bruce Alston of West Covina would have no problem seeing Murray. "I would go to Dr. Murray in a heartbeat," he wrote. No one is holding Michael Jackson accountable for his own death and if he didn't get the propofol from Dr. Murray, he would have used his power to get it from someone else. Jackson's death was just unfortunate."
"It's certainly a sitution of let the buyer beware," Robert Field, a professor of law and public health at Drexel University in Philadelphia, told ABCNews.com. "Presumably, any patient should know they are taking a risk."
At the same time, Field, author of "Health Care Regulation in America," said Murray has the right to earn a living and continue his practice until there has been a determination of guilt or liability.