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A change in the make-up of medicine

Trevor J Mudge and Dorothy A Dashwood
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (12): 569-570.
Published online: 17 June 2002

Ethics and putting the patient first are the primary considerations in deciding what is acceptable advertising of medical services by doctors

Type "cosmetic surgery" into your Internet search engine and several hundred thousand sites will appear. All enthuse about the benefits and increasing popularity of their techniques. They identify and detail medical practitioners qualified to work their miracles on the human body. Few negatives are to be found in such promotional material, and much of the hype is not dissimilar to that used to market other lifestyle products. This is but part of the global rise of the entrepreneurial approach to healthcare. Cosmetic surgery is in demand because of the changing culture and attitude of patients. For some in today's world there is a need to satisfy a desire for what, in times gone by, would be unrealistic expectations — changes to their bodies to enhance their appearance — at least in their own eyes.

  • Trevor J Mudge
  • Dorothy A Dashwood2

  • Australian Medical Association, Canberra, ACT.


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