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J Med Ethics. 1985 Sep;11(3):153-8.

Case conference. A father says, "Don't tell my son the truth".

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A pediatric oncologist, a social worker, a psychiatrist, and a rabbi comment on a case study concerning a young boy with terminal cancer, his physicians and nurses, and his parents, who refuse hospital personnel permission to disclose to their son his grim diagnosis and prognosis. Also involved is a student nurse, who feels strongly that her patient's disease should be discussed with him, and who requests a transfer when he presses her for information that she is not allowed to give. L. Ingram considers the clinical aspects of the case. M. Atkin stresses the need for communication among staff, and the importance of counseling the parents and understanding the child's point of view. J. Dare agrees that the concerns and fears of staff, parents, and patient should all be addressed. J. Neuberger speaks as the parent of a chronically ill child, as well as a member of the clergy.

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