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Cien Saude Colet. 2015 Sep;20(9):2667-74. doi: 10.1590/1413-81232015209.02832015.

Zefinha - the name of abandonment.

[Article in English, Portuguese]

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Faculdade de Direito, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, DF, BR,


Zefinha has been living in a forensic hospital for the last 39 years. She is the longest female inhabitant surviving under compulsory psychiatric treatment in Brazil. This paper discusses how the ethical rule of anonymity might be revised in research concerning a unique case involving severe violations of human rights. My argument is that there are cases in which disclosing the names of research participants protects their interests and rights.

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