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<p class="Inside-first-paragraph-drop-cap"><strong>Lawrence J. Schneiderman,</strong> MD, founding co-chair of the University of California, San Diego Medical Center’s Ethics Committee, notes one of the more extreme views that emerged during the “patient’s rights” movement is that patients have a right to receive any treatments they wish, and that physicians should not impose their “paternalistic” power.</p>

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