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Unformatted text preview: E. But Meyer claims that following a rigid formula is not good for patients. For sometimes it’s better that a patient not hear the truth. But, then, sometimes it’s better that they do. II. Why It’s Good for a Physician to Sometimes Tell the Truth A. Even when patients can guess the truth concerning their diagnosis and/or prognosis, it’s good that they are explicitly told the truth to open lines of communication III. Why Physicians Should Sometimes Withhold the Truth A. Patients don’t always want to hear bad news B. More harm than not will come to them if you do not lie C. Sometimes telling the truth is impossible...
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course PHIL 7 taught by Professor Blair during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.
- Winter '08