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Choice is a gift from the patient to the doctor, not the other way around

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 25 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:874
  1. Ailsa Harrison (, chief officer.
  1. South Buckinghamshire Community Health Council, High Wycombe HP13 5DR

    EDITOR—I agree with Taylor that many patients are happy to let their doctor have the ultimate decision about treatment, and rightly so, based on their doctor's years of training and experience.1 This may especially be the case in Taylor's highly technical specialty, anaesthesia. All that most patients want of their anaesthesia is not to feel any pain and to still be alive …

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