Medical Confidentiality: An Intransigent and Absolute Obligation
Kottow, Michael H.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1986 Sep; 12(3): 117-122.
It is argued that breaching of confidentiality by physicians causes harms that are not commensurate with the possible benefits gained. Situations that seem to warrant a breach of confidentiality include posthumous disclosure, paternalism, referral and consultation, harm to innocent others, and obligations to the social order or to one's own self-defense. However, the very concept of conditional confidentiality introduces an ultimately destructive element of arbitrariness and ethical unreliability into the clinical encounter. (KIE abstract)
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