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The Patients’ Bill of Rights — Thermopylae 2000? by Miguel A. Faria, MD

If and when the Patients’ Bill of Rights and managed care reform legislation comes out of conference committee, congressional Republicans are set to walk into a Democratic ambush this presidential year, the likes of which has not been seen since the dramatic battle at the ancient Pass of Thermopylae, the vital gateway to the heart …

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Boundary Violations — Gun Politics in the Doctor’s Office by Timothy Wheeler, MD

Imagine this scenario: you visit your doctor for back pain. Your doctor asks if you have firearms in your home. Then he announces that your family would be better off (especially your children) if you had no guns at all in your house. You leave the doctor’s office feeling uneasy, wondering what guns have to …

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Transformation of Medical Ethics Through Time (Part II): Medical Ethics and Organized Medicine

The physician should be contemptuous of money, interested in his work,self-controlled, and just. Once he is possessed of these basic virtues,he will have all others at his command as well.Galen Can the Medical Profession Survive Flexible Ethics?* The medical writers of antiquity wrote and discussed ethics merely as individuals trying to find out the best …

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Transformation of Medical Ethics Through Time (Part I): Medical Ethics and Statist Controls

In matters of style, swim with the current;in matters of principle, stand firm like a rock.Thomas Jefferson The Corporate Practice of Medicine One hears repeatedly that managed care penetration in health care delivery continues unabated; that it continues to interpose itself in the medical decision-making process erstwhile reserved to the patient and his physician; and …

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