Can deceiving patients be morally acceptable?

@article{Sokol2007CanDP,
  title={Can deceiving patients be morally acceptable?},
  author={Daniel K. Sokol},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
  year={2007},
  volume={334},
  pages={984 - 986}
}
  • D. Sokol
  • Published 10 May 2007
  • Medicine
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
Daniel K Sokol argues that on rare occasions benignly deceiving patients can be morally acceptable, and he has devised a decision checklist to help doctors facing such a dilemma 
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