Veracity in the Doctor–Patient Relationship

Dagmar Wujastyk

in Well-Mannered Medicine

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199856268
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950560 | DOI:
Veracity in the Doctor–Patient Relationship

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This chapter discusses the paternalistic nature of the doctor-patient relationship, and what this means for a physician's attitude towards giving or withholding information from a patient. The ayurvedic treatises advocate honesty as a virtue in the physician, but at the same time recommend that he use deception in certain circumstances. Deception plays a role in preserving patients from harm and ensuring patient compliance. The ayurvedic authors, however, also describe how deception can be used directly as a therapeutic tool. The therapies involved read as extreme interventions, and the moral implications of the use of both deception and violence are discussed at some length.

Keywords: veracity; withholding information; managing information; patient compliance; medical paternalism; violence in medicine

Chapter.  7606 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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