Are physicians obligated always to act in the patient's best interests?

  title={Are physicians obligated always to act in the patient's best interests?},
  author={David S. Wendler},
  journal={Journal of medical ethics},
  volume={36 2},
The principle that physicians should always act in the best interests of the present patient is widely endorsed. At the same time, and often within the same document, it is recognised that there are appropriate exceptions to this principle. Unfortunately, little, if any, guidance is provided regarding which exceptions are appropriate and how they should be handled. These circumstances might be tenable if the appropriate exceptions were rare. Yet, evaluation of the literature reveals that there… CONTINUE READING

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