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Assignment #1 Alex Atkins UNCW PAR 215 The Strongest Case for Medical Paternalism Paternalism is a concept that limits a person’s autonomy and is intended to promote their own good. Paternalism is viewed as something that must be done for the greater good of the situation that the patient is in. It is the “overriding or restricting of rights or freedoms of individuals for their own good” (Goldman, p.61). It is viewed as saving the patient from harmful events and declining the patient’s mental wellbeing. Goldman is a huge advocate for the patient’s autonomy and freedom to decide his or her own fate. Telling a patient about a terminal illness will take a toll on their mental, physical, and emotional health no matter what kind of state they are in. Goldman’s mindset around paternalism is that the patient has the right because “the autonomous individual is the source of those other goods he enjoys, and so is not to be sacrificed for the sake of them” (Goldman, p.64). Informing them of a medical condition that is life changing can increase suffering, depression, and sometimes even shorten life. Suicide risks increase and the

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