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Limping is No Sin: Reflections on Making Health Care Decisions

By Jay Katz


The President\u27s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research (\u22President\u27s Commission\u22 or \u22Commission\u22), in its report on Making Health Care Decisions (\u22Report\u22),l proclaimed its underlying message in memorable words: [T]he Commission attempts to shift the terms of the discussion toward how to foster a relationship between patients and professionals characterized by mutual participation and respect and by shared decisionmaking. The Commission believes such a shift in focus will do better justice to the realities of health care and to the ethical values underlying the informed consent doctrine. Such sentiments constitute a bold move to imprint on physicians, patients, and society the Commission\u27s moral vision of how doctors and patients should make joint decisions in the future

Topics: Law
Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 1984
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