Confidentiality and the Courts
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1982 Dec 11; 285(6356): 1747.
Three cases reported by medical defense societies from Great Britain, South Africa, and New Zealand are presented to illustrate legal difficulties which can arise from the conflict between the duty to preserve confidentiality in the physician patient relationship and legal requests for information. The first case illustrates how not to treat confidential information; the second presents a model of professional propriety; the third resolves a difficult problem sensibly and satisfactorily. (KIE abstract)
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Gerber, Paul (1999-03-01)There is a general belief that, once in the witness box, doctors are compelled to reveal confidential information about their patients if asked by counsel. Where no issue of public interest is involved, a medical witness should ...