Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 62 (3):560-575 (2019)

Doctors often refuse patients' REQUESTS, even when patients request interventions that are legal and permitted by the medical profession. This is a fact about the practice of medicine so familiar that it is easy to overlook.Doctors' refusals are neither new nor infrequent, and only a small minority occasion any controversy. Surgeons refuse to operate when they believe a surgery is unlikely to succeed. Physicians refuse medications when they believe the medications are unlikely to be helpful. Clinicians refuse requested interventions because of concerns about safety or efficacy, and they refuse because of less tangible concerns that are no less real. Some pediatricians refuse to supplement the growth hormone of boys...
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