"Primum non nocere" and the principle of non-maleficence.

  title={"Primum non nocere" and the principle of non-maleficence.},
  author={Raanan Gillon},
  journal={British medical journal},
  volume={291 6488},
The physician's duty of "primum non nocere," or avoiding harm to the patient, has often been given moral priority over other duties in discussions of medical ethics. In this article in a British Medical Journal series written for nonphilosophers on the philosophical foundations of medical ethics, Gillon takes issue with the prominence given the obligation of nonmaleficence over that of beneficence. He argues that risking harm is often necessary to obtain therapeutic benefit, and that always… CONTINUE READING
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