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Page 11 EDITOR'S PAGE with how we treat them when they are anesthetized, then is there something wrong with how we're treating patients? Our current protocol seems to be "what they don't know won't hurt them." But is that really fair? Do patients not deserve to know what's going to happen with their bodies — including the circumstances under which private areas may be seen by surgical (and other) personnel? And when a procedure really doesn't require or is unlikely to require exposure, then should surgical facilities still force patients to remove their underwear on the off-chance that access to the area might be needed? (Here's one discussion on that: tinyurl.com/5t4n5of.) What about issuing patients a pair of disposable underwear just for surgery — helpful for their modesty, but removable in case they need to be cut off for something like a Foley insertion. We'd love to hear your thoughts. This isn't the first time readers have objected to one of our cover photos that was a little too real or revealing. And it sure won't be the last. But instead of criticizing us for showing things as they are, perhaps it's better to figure out a way to protect the dignity and privacy of your patients.

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