The Case of Dr. Oz: Ethics, Evidence, and Does Professional Self-Regulation Work?
AMA Journal of Ethics, February 2017
Dr. Mehmet Oz is widely known not just as a successful media personality donning the title "America's Doctor(®)," but, we suggest, also as a physician visibly out of step with his profession. A recent, unsuccessful attempt to censure Dr. Oz raises the issue of whether the medical profession can effectively self-regulate at all. It also raises concern that the medical profession's self-regulation might be selectively activated, perhaps only when the subject of professional censure has achieved a level of public visibility. We argue here that the medical profession must look at itself with a healthy dose of self-doubt about whether it has sufficient knowledge of or handle on the less visible Dr. "Ozes" quietly operating under the profession's presumptive endorsement.
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