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Should doctors intentionally do less than the best?

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The papers of Burley and Harris, and Draper and Chadwick, in this issue, raise a problem: what should doctors do when patients request an option which is not the best available? This commentary argues that doctors have a duty to offer that option which will result in the individual affected by that choice enjoying the highest level of wellbeing. Doctors can deviate from this duty and submaximise--bring about an outcome that is less than the best--only if there are good reasons to do so. The d...

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10.1136/jme.25.2.121

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Philosophy, Philosophy Postholders
Journal:
Journal of medical ethics
Volume:
25
Issue:
2
Pages:
121-126
Publication date:
1999-04-05
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EISSN:
1473-4257
ISSN:
0306-6800
URN:
uuid:667fdf5d-9589-4724-8e38-430e10511a7c
Source identifiers:
192380
Local pid:
pubs:192380

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