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Duty of Care – Ethics of Neurology

Posted by medliorator on April 11, 2009

our attention was drawn to a colleague whose subtle neck and facial movements were accompanied by grunting noises while eating—phenomena indicative of complex motor tics… When he had left, the medical student attached to our team asked the obvious question: with the evidence staring us in the face, why did no one inform him of the diagnosis and proffer appropriate treatment? we launched into an animated discussion about a physician’s duty of care, asking whether the ethical imperative to treat exists only in a medical emergency or after the establishment of a formal doctor–patient relationship.

Putting Ethics on the Spot in Neurology [Medscape]

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