AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. March 2005, Volume 7, Number 03

Ethics Poll

When do Adolescents Count as People?

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Do you think breast augmentation should be performed on a 17-year-old?
Parents ask a physician to perform a drug screen on their adolescent son who denies drug use. The physician should:
A 16-year-old seeks a prescription for contraceptives, and asks the physician not to tell her parents. The physician should:
I received training in adolescent medicine during medical school.
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of Virtual Mentor readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.