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March 1991

Collagen InjectionsA Case Study in the Erosion of the Medical Profession

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Philosophy, The University of Colorado at Denver, Program in Medical Ethics, School of Medicine, The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1991;117(3):270-272. doi:10.1001/archotol.1991.01870150038003

• Physicians as professionals are people dedicated to promoting the health and welfare of their patients rather than simply catering to patient requests and desires. Collagen injections are examined to determine whether or not they can be considered legitimate medical treatment to be offered by physicians. It is concluded that until a more vigorous clinical effort is made to determine the efficacy of the injections in promoting the health and welfare of recipients, it is not clear that they constitute medical treatment. It is argued that the safety of the injections coupled with a patient's desire for them is insufficient to constitute the injections being considered medical treatment.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1991;117:270-272)