Lecture 14 - No lying

Lecture 14 - No lying - Honesty 1 Physician Honesty Sissela...

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Honesty 1 Physician Honesty Sissela Bok’s “Lies to the Sick and Dying” I. Prelim A. Bok, like Meyer, calls for a case-by-case approach when it comes to telling the truth to terminally ill patients. But there are differences between the two II. Reason #1 Why Meyer (and Others) Think it is Sometimes Okay to Lie to Patients A. Patients don’t always want to hear bad news. Furthermore, many will just deny the news, so why tell them? (Meyer 192) B. Bok’s Response 1. Most patients will not fall into denial 2. Patients have a right to know, even if they may suppress that knowledge. Their right to know follows from their right to autonomy (self-determination) a) We have the right to autonomy in that we have the liberty (authority) to decide for ourselves how our lives are going to unfold b) By withholding from a patient the knowledge of her medical condition, the physician denies her the opportunity to make decisions based on that knowledge. 3.
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