In the old days, the motto was doctor knows best. The physician was a patient's best counsel - their expertise was assumed and their decisions were rarely questioned. Patients fully trusted their lives to physicians. Fast forward several decades. The pendulum seems to have swung the other way. Patient advocacy, informed consent, shared decision-making... have we gone too far?
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Lisa Rosenbaum, MD
National correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine, Cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Instructor at Harvard Medical School
Michael Sinha, MD, JD, MPH
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics and Law (PORTAL), Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital
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