second opinion


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second opinion

Etymology: L, secundus + opinari, to suppose
a patient privilege of requesting an examination and evaluation of a health condition by a second physician to verify or challenge the diagnosis by a first physician. The situation is most likely to arise when an examination by a first physician results in a recommendation for surgery or experimental treatment.

Second Opinion

Fringe oncology
A group of professionals at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City, who in 1977 pressured hospital administration to release studies performed at MSKCC on the inconclusive results regarding the efficacy of laetrile.

While some fringe oncology advocates believe the results to be a conspiracy—i.e., that mainstream medical practitioners are hiding the cure to cancer—peer-reviewed data shows laetrile to be ineffective as a cancer treatment and potentially toxic.

second opinion

Medtalk Formal or informal advice sought from a 2nd health professional regarding the diagnosis and/or therapy proposed by a 1st provider. See Consultation.

second opinion

An independent professional review and assessment of a patient done to confirm, add to, or revise the diagnoses and proposed treatments of another medical professional.
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It basically says that attorneys can meet with clients already represented by counsel and who want a second opinion on the services they are receiving or to discuss retaining a new lawyer.
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You should consider getting a second opinion whenever the surgery is not required for an emergency condition, and it is up to you to decide when and if you will have it.
The experience had made the doctor realise the importance of a second opinion and he had been a strong advocate of the practice ever since.
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The PEC is also seeking permission to prepare an opinion advising lawyers when a person represented by another attorney comes to them seeking a second opinion.
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