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Patients and Medical Journals: From Objects to Partners

"The relationship between doctors and patients is undergoing a profound change, which is reflected in medical journals," Richard Smith, former editor of the BMJ writes. Patients are ceasing to be "human guinea pigs" and are becoming participants in their own health care. In this chapter from "The Trouble With Medical Journals," Smith discusses the shift toward informed consent and patient participation in medical research and explains why there's still a long way to go.