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This book is built on two fundamental premises: (l) the American medical consumer possesses certain interests, many of which may properly be described as rights, that he does not automatically forfeit by entering a hospital; (2) most hospitals fail to recognize the existence of these interests and rights, fail to provide for their protection and assertion, and frequently limit their exercise without recourse for the patient. Patients should not be required to relinquish basic human rights upon entering a health care institution. Human rights can be protected without decreasing either the efficacy or the efficiency of medical treatment.
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