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Rational non-interventional paternalism: why doctors ought to make judgments of what is best for their patients.

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This paper argues that doctors ought to make all things considered value judgments about what is best for their patients. It illustrates some of the shortcomings of the model of doctor as 'fact-provider'. The 'fact-provider' model fails to take account of the fact that practising medicine necessarily involves making value judgments; that medical practice is a moral practice and requires that doctors reflect on what ought to be done, and that patients can make choices which fail to express the...

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10.1136/jme.21.6.327

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Role:
Author
Journal:
Journal of medical ethics
Volume:
21
Issue:
6
Pages:
327-331
Publication date:
1995-12-01
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EISSN:
1473-4257
ISSN:
0306-6800
Source identifiers:
192396
Language:
English
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pubs:192396
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uuid:3f67e109-970e-470c-995d-d9a5edd74621
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pubs:192396
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2012-12-19

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