Cosmetic surgery and conscientious objection

Francesca Minerva

Journal of Medical Ethics


In this paper, I analyse the issue of conscientious objection in relation to cosmetic surgery. I consider cases of doctors who might refuse to perform a cosmetic treatment because: (1) the treatment aims at achieving a goal which is not in the traditional scope of cosmetic surgery; (2) the motivation of the patient to undergo the surgery is considered trivial; (3) the patient wants to use the surgery to promote moral or political values that conflict with the doctor’s ones; (4) the patient requires an intervention that would benefit himself/herself, but could damage society at large.

Minerva F. Cosmetic surgery and conscientious objection. Journal of Medical Ethics. Published Online First: 02 March 2017. doi:10.1136/medethics-2016-103804

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