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November 1968


Author Affiliations

Associate Editor of the ARCHIVES Society American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;88(5):571. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010573024

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To the Editor.—For purposes of emphasis and impressiveness, I have found it useful in teaching rhinoplasty and facial plastic surgery to put medicolegal risks of practice into Ten Commandment form.

The Ten Medicolegal Commandments 

  1. Thou shall extend to patients the type service and consideration you would expect if you were a patient.

  2. Thou shalt possess and exercise that degree of skill ordinarily possessed and exercised by physicians of the same professional status in similar circumstances.

  3. Thou shall recognize the limits of thy own skill and knowledge as well as the medical facilities available to you, and thou shalt obtain consultation when indicated.

  4. Thou shall not perform a surgical procedure without the signed and witnessed consent of the patient or his guardian.

  5. Thou shall not give the patient a warranty, either implied or expressed.

  6. Thou shall not withhold from a patient any medical information necessary

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