Modern vs. Contemporary Medicine: The Patient-Provider Relation in the Twenty-First Century
Veatch, Robert M.
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 1996 Dec; 6(4): 366-370.
The revolution in medical ethics of the past quarter century has begun reshaping the patient-provider relation in such a way that it will never be the same. Dramatic changes have occurred at the level of specific decisions such as consent, forgoing treatment, and birth technologies, but the most significant impact will be on the way the relation is conceptualized and the kinds of authority each party in the relation will be assumed to possess. The change is so fundamental that it deserves to be called a change from
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