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J Clin Ethics. 2016 Winter;27(4):352-358.

Cases from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation: What's Knowledge Got to Do with It? Ethics, Epistemology, and Intractable Conflicts in the Medical Setting.

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Wellstar Development Center, 2000 South Park Place, Atlanta, Georgia 30339 USA.
Cleveland Clinic, Department of Bioethics-JJ60, Cleveland, Ohio 44195 USA.


This article utilizes the case of Ms H. to examine the contrasting ways that surrogate decision makers move from simply hearing information about the patient to actually knowing and understanding the patient's medical condition. The focus of the case is on a family's request to actually see the patient's wounds instead of being told about the wounds, and the role of clinical ethicists in facilitating this request. We argue that clinical ethicists have an important role to play in the work of converting information into knowledge and that this can serve as a valuable way forward in the midst of seemingly intractable conflicts in the medical setting.

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