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In the Patient's Best Interest: Women and the Politics of Medical Decisions.

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By Fisher Sue. . 214 pages. Rutgers University Press; , New Brunswick, New Jersey: , 1986.. $25.00.


Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(1):176-177. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-106-1-176_2
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The question of decisional authority in the physician-patient relationship has become one of the central issues in contemporary medical ethics and medical jurisprudence. Most discussion of this issue has not been related to specific procedures. One of the great merits of this book is that it avoids a general abstract discussion of decisional authority and focuses instead on the specific decision-making issues regarding hysterectomies and regular Pap smears.

In Chapters 2 and 3, Fisher argues that far too many hysterectomies are done on women referred to clinics with abnormal Pap smears. Fisher's examination of the discussions between physicians and their

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