I had wished to boldasize the (im)moral status of ranking medical care
in publications, both lay and scientific, just as I would object to the ranking
of religious institutions or of one's own family members, because they should
not be treated publicly as commodities. The practice of medicine is different
from the selling of a used car and should not be treated like that type of
Of course, institutions should strive for improvement through the careful
and private use of well-chosen guidelines, but the publication of those data
must not be used to advance the businesses of medical care or journal circulation.
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