Autonomy and paternalism in medicine

@article{Pollard1993AutonomyAP,
  title={Autonomy and paternalism in medicine},
  author={Brian J. Pollard},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
  year={1993},
  volume={159}
}
  • B. Pollard
  • Published 1 December 1993
  • Medicine
  • Medical Journal of Australia
The role of ethics in medical practice is now receiving close scrutiny, so it is timely that ethical concepts, such as autonomy and paternalism, be re‐examined in their applied contexts. As neither autonomy nor paternalism has a current universally accepted meaning, their significance varies in both ethical and clinical discussion. Of the two, autonomy has moved further from its original moral context, to the extent that it often now signifies no more than a person's expressed intention… 

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