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Unformatted text preview: Christine Van Pelt Phi 1308-02 9/23/11 Reading Response Essay 3 (Question 3) According to Collins, for physicians to discharge the obligations of justice, and graciousness, and benignity, physicians must frequently withhold the truth from their patients, which is tantamount to telling them a lie (320). Do you agree that withholding the truth is tantamount to telling them a lie? Why or why not? What is Collins main reason for saying that doctors should (frequently) lie to patients? I believe that withholding the truth is tantamount to telling them a lie. Whenever I was younger, my mom would always say that lying is a sin and I should always tell the truth. I would respond, If I dont open my mouth, how could that be lying? Now I know that it is equivalent to lying. Without saying the truth and keeping it in your head, you are keeping it from others knowing about it. Until they know about it, you are basically denying the truth which is a lie. I understand that many believe innocent until proven guilty but I feel that that only applies in...
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course PHI 1308 taught by Professor Alexander during the Spring '07 term at Baylor.
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