oa De Rebus - Truth-telling in medicine: a legal perspective
|Article Title||Truth-telling in medicine: a legal perspective|
|© Publisher:||Law Society of South Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Universiteit van Suid Afrika|
|Publication Date||Feb 1983|
|Pages||66 - 70|
|Keyword(s)||Artificial maintenance of life, Biblical references, Differential diagnosis, Disclosing diagnosis, Duty to inform, Dying human, Ethical issues, Euthanasia, Legal implications, Medical treatment, Moral matters of death, Negligence, Organ transplants, Professional ethics, Rescuscitation, Suicide and Therapeutic privilege|
Death has always been an event of crucial significance in religion, and in the practical application of the law it is an important juristic fact. Yet in Western society death as such, and in particular dying as the final act or process in the human existence, has virtually been tabooed until very recently.
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