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October 1991

The Ethics of Injected Collagen

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Nashville, Tenn

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1991;117(10):1189-1190. doi:10.1001/archotol.1991.01870220141027

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To the Editor.—Regarding an article written by Yarborough, which appeared in the March 1991 issue of the Archives, I find two things very surprising: first, that such an article could actually get into the medical literature in any specialty, and I also find it difficult to believe that he calls himself an ethicist.

He states that physicians who offer collagen injections given to "cure" wrinkles and other signs of aging lower the standards of the medical profession. I am not aware of anything that physicians "cure" in medicine other than pregnancy. Every other disease process, condition, or cosmetic procedure that we have is temporary, controlling, or beneficial for a period of time. Even those in the ear, nose, and throat specialty should recognize that many of the surgical procedures that are performed by you require repeated procedures, and certainly the medical problems continue with only some benefit provided on

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