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The New Medical Conversation: Media, Patients, Doctors, and the Ethics of Scientific Communication

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 25 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:755
  1. Cameron Stark, consultant in public health medicine, honorary senior lecturer (
  1. Highland NHS Board, Highlands and Islands Health Research Institute, Inverness

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    Dennis J Mazur

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc, £20.95, pp 187

    ISBN 0742520293

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    The relationship between doctors and their patients has changed. When discussing treatment, it was doctors who largely decided what options were likely to be appropriate, and what information should be presented to patients. Legal precedent, cultural shifts, and the internet have combined to increase patient access to information about treatment options. In the United States, direct to consumer advertising has accelerated these changes (

    A series of legal decisions has increased the expectation on …

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