Journal of Medical Ethics. 1982 Sep; 8(3): 150-153.
A British physician reflects on the meaning of freedom in the physician patient relationship. Both the physician and the patient have rights which must be protected. However, the physician's expertise and sense of professionalism give him an authority which can easily be abused in situations involving a conflict in values. Sources of potential conflict are considered in the areas of confidentiality, differing views on the morality of abortion, resource allocation, and obligations to other parties such as employers. (KIE abstract)
Abortion; Authoritarianism; Confidentiality; Decision Making; Ethics; Freedom; Medical Ethics; Morality; Obligations to Society; Paternalism; Patient Participation; Physician Patient Relationship; Physician's Role; Professional Patient Relationship; Resource Allocation; Rights; Technical Expertise; Values;