Who Should Be Concerned?
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1984 Jan 7; 288(6410): 29-30.
Dickinson presents a case study of a suicidal young woman who rejects her physician's attempts to help her and refuses him permission to contact her family. Campbell describes the ethical aspects of this case as being those common to everyday practice. He comments on a general practitioner's obligations to a mentally disturbed patient who needs more specialized care than he can give, the moral dilemmas faced by health personnel trying to treat a manipulative patient with suicidal tendencies, and the need for the physician to maintain a relationship with this patient that will safeguard his autonomy while enhancing hers. (KIE abstract)
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