Sunday, October 21, 2007

Do you think it's acceptable for doctors to lie under special circumstances ?

Medicine is a complex art and there are lots of grey zone areas.

When is it allright for a doctor to lie ? Is it safe to allow the doctor to decide ? Even if it's much easier to just insist that the doctor tell the truth all the time, regardless of the circumstances, is such an "all-or-none" approach the right one for all patients at all time ? Isn't this taking a legalistic approach and oversimplifying a complex problem ? Shouldn't doctors be allowed to be flexible and can't they be trusted to use their own judgment when making these decisions ? Or has society become so distrustful of the medical profession that this would be considered anathema, and that we should insist that doctors should tell the truth every time, even if it harms their patient ?

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