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May 16, 2011

A Physicians' Bill of Rights: What If?

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011;137(5):430. doi:10.1001/archoto.2011.54

We are a privileged lot. As Americans, we have privileges across all aspects of our lives, irrespective of political or religious beliefs (or lack thereof). As physicians and head and neck surgeons, we are privileged to have a daily effect on the lives of our patients. Despite such benefits and our duties as healers, many physicians are asking themselves, do privileges require relinquishing some rights? Does the unique physician-patient relationship trump the need for a formal designation of physicians' rights?