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J Med Ethics. 1995 Apr;21(2):72-6.

Becoming none but tradesmen: lies, deception and psychotic patients.

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Westmead Hospital, Australia.

Abstract

Is there ever any reason for a doctor to lie to a patient? In this paper, we critically review the literature on lying to patients and challenge the common notion that while lying is unacceptable, a related entity--'benevolent deception' is defensible. Further, we outline a rare circumstance when treating psychotic patients where lying to the patient is justified. This circumstance is illustrated by a clinical vignette.

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PMID:
7608942
PMCID:
PMC1376625
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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