So here is our announcement. Attention patients and families of patients, regulators, government officials, commentators, angry bloggers, and reporters: I am the physician. That makes me the expert. I realize that we live in the age of polls, surveys, empowerment, and self-help. I realize that the opinion of the masses generally matters more than the opinion of the educated. But as one of the educated, as one of those who considers his opinion more valid than many others, let me say what most physicians are too nice to say. Medicine is not a democracy.
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