Medical Ethics (The Scourge of Incompetent Doctors Everywhere.)


The original source of a doctor’s duty of confidentiality is the Hippocratic Oath. Regarding confidentiality Hippocrates said: ‘Whatever, in connection with my professional practice or not in connection with it, I see or hear in the life of men, which ought not to be spoken of abroad, I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret.’ The obligation of confidentiality spoken of here is not absolute; it is up to the doctor to decide what information ‘ought not to be spoken abroad.’ Another Oath of confidentiality is the Declaration of Geneva which says: ‘I will respect the secrets confided in me, even after the patient has died.’ Here, however, the obligation is absolute. These are two sources of a doctor’s duty of confidentiality which, although they differ in extent, both highlight the importance of respecting the confidentiality of patients. J NI Ethics Forum 2006, 3: 146-153

‘The better part of valour is discretion; in the which better part I have saved my life.’

Falstaff, Shakespeare, in Henry IV, Part One, 1596.

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6 Responses to “Medical Ethics (The Scourge of Incompetent Doctors Everywhere.)”

  1. Dr. Lea Says:

    Man, this dude really needs to take a look this


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  3. Felicity Says:

    Is a universal code of medical ethics compatible with the modern world?


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  5. Louise Says:

    Reblogged this on Dalrymple Watch.


  6. Media Buff Says:

    Medical Licensure is too restrictive. Some libertarians propose to abolish it.


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