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Nonabandonment: A Central Obligation of Physicians 

Timothy E. Quill

in Caring for Patients at the End of Life

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139402
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999859 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.003.0006
Nonabandonment: A Central Obligation of Physicians 

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This chapter discusses the nonabandonment obligations of physicians in end-of-life care. It explains that nonabandonment is a concept exemplified in a continuous caring partnership between physician and patient and that this relationship may begin in health or in sickness, last through potential recovery or adjustment to chronic illness, and continue until a patient dies. The chapter argues that nonabandonment suggests a human relationship with an open-ended commitment over time and clarifies that it is particularly mandated by three challenging aspects of modern medicine.

Keywords: nonabandonment; physicians; end of life; chronic illness; potential recovery; open-ended commitment; modern medicine

Chapter.  8600 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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