A defence of medical paternalism: maximising patients' autonomy.

  title={A defence of medical paternalism: maximising patients' autonomy.},
  author={M S Komrad},
  journal={Journal of medical ethics},
  volume={9 1},
  • M S Komrad
  • Published 1983 in Journal of medical ethics
All illness represents a state of diminished autonomy and therefore the doctor-patient relationship necessarily and justifiably involves a degree of medical paternalism argues the author, an American medical student. In a broad-ranging paper he discusses the concepts of autonomy and paternalism in the context of the doctor-patient relationship. Given the necessary diminution of autonomy which illness inflicts, a limited form of medical paternalism, aimed at restoring or maximising the patient's… CONTINUE READING

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