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December 2006

Taking Ethics Seriously in Cosmetic Dermatology

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Copyright 2006 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2006

Arch Dermatol. 2006;142(12):1641-1642. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.12.1641

No one likes to have his or her ethics challenged. This is particularly true in medicine, where physicians hold themselves to high ethical standards both to protect their patients and to secure their trust. Unfortunately, recently there has been an erosion of public trust in physicians, as reflected in public opinion polls and malpractice cases.1-3 The field of aesthetic or cosmetic dermatology is particularly vulnerable to this trend.