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American College of Physicians Ethics Manual. Part 2: The Physician and Society; Research; Life-Sustaining Treatment; Other Issues*

Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(4):327-335. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-111-4-327
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The Physician and Society: The professional prerogatives of the physician are conferred by society. In turn, the physician is responsible and accountable to society for his or her professional actions. Society grants to the physician the rights, privileges, and duties pertinent to the patient-physician relationship. This grant can be withdrawn by society from the individual physician or from the entire profession. Society has a significant interest in the professional activities of physicians and others in the health-care field and will seek to control and regulate such professional activities to suit what it perceives as its own best interests. Society has

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