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A physician as any other professional has a job to do Granted the job does entail the preservation of human life a characteristic which holds great importance and prestige in our society But why should heshe also be burdened with the responsibility of making societys moral decisions A physician has no more responsibility for our view of normal than a fry jockey at McDonalds Although Littles article does raise some truths I will argue that physicians particularly cosmetic surgeons should neither be responsible for nor influenced by societys social norms when approached by a patient requesting cosmetic surgery of any sort Little argues with a typical Postmodernists attitude that requests for cosmetic surgery are often motivated by deep and genuine suffering not from a desire for beauty but from a desire to end a distressing sense of alienation from some body part or to escape incessant teasing due to the suspect norms of appearance Little162 163 Men and women alike are deceived into thinking they need these surgeries due to the deep rooted norms within our society similar to the way our largely male dominated society has deep rooted itself into our understanding of biology Freedman With this in mind it is difficult to disagree with this argument However I do disagree with her query into the appropriateness of medicine to provide cosmetic surgery for purely vain intentions in an attempt to conform to these norms If someone is pursuing such a surgery heshe has hisher own reasoning behind it What right does a physician have to tell himher that hisher reasons are not of medical necessity Little 162 The origins of hisher reasons are insignificant It is true that doctors are obligated to discuss medical risks with their patients but why should they inform them of the social implications Who would change their mind due to the fact that their surgery may be viewed as conforming to society Little
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