The Trouble With Do-Gooders: The Example of Suicide
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1997 Apr; 23(2): 108-115.
This paper describes the concept of a do-gooder: a person who does unwanted good. It illustrates why doing-good is a problem and argues that patients should not be compelled to do what is best. It shows the ways in which doctors covertly do-good and offers a critique of these. The discussion focuses on the example of the treatment of patients who attempt suicide.
Allowing to Die; Assisted Suicide; Autonomy; Beneficence; Blood; Coercion; Competence; Doctors; Food; Force Feeding; Jehovah's Witnesses; Legal Aspects; Life; Motivation; Paternalism; Patients; Physicians; Prolongation of Life; Quality of Life; Religion; Right to Die; Suffering; Suicide; Treatment Refusal; Values; Ventilators;
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