AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. May 2010, Volume 12, Number 5.

Ethics Poll

What Do You Think about Elective Plastic Surgery?

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

The practice of enhancing one's appearance through cosmetic surgery confers unfair social advantage upon those who can afford it.
Federal legislation was proposed (and subsequently withdrawn) that would have levied a tax on certain elective cosmetic medical procedures. If the legislation were re-introduced, would you support such a tax?
Plastic surgeons admit that their specialty contends with a high degree of controversy and some negative public opinion. What do you think is the source of the negative views of the specialty? Check all that apply.
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 our readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.