When Patients Harm Themselves
Caplan, Arthur L.
Hastings Center Report. 1984 Apr; 14(2): 22-23.
A case study is presented in which a hospitalized nurse is suspected of deliberately infecting herself. Curtis discusses the question of whether physicians caring for this patient have an obligation to report the incident to her superiors, while Caplan examines the implications of self-destructive behavior for the professional patient relationship in general. Both commentators consider how staff suspicions might be investigated in the face of the nurse's denial of self infection. (KIE abstract)
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