Chapter 6: Rights, Truth and Consent

Section 4. Readings


Dax Cowart and Robert Burt.  Confronting Death: Who Chooses, Who Controls? Hastings Center Report, Vol. 28, No. 1 (1998), pp. 14-17.

Brody: Transparency of Informed Consent


Plaza, Joyce. The Crossing,, The American Journal of Bioethics, 2-22-2001, at :


A.  Zugler, Abigail,, M.D. Conflicting Obligations , New York Times January 1, 2002

READ  this Case at : Truth vs Confidentiality

B. Lipkin, Mark. "On Telling Patients the Truth". Newsweek, 4 June 1979, p.13.

READ these summaries and outlines by Don Berkich

Summary of Lipkin:

Truth-Telling Cases

The Irrational Patient and the Placebo Arguments

Cullen and Klein


A. Siegler, Mark. "Confidentiality in Medicine: A Decrepit Concept". New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 307, No. 24 (9 Dec. 1982), pp. 518-521.

READ Summary/Critique at: Siegler and Practical Impossibility

The Practical Impossibility Argument

B. Tarasoff Case

READ Commentary at : Berkich on Tarasoff

C. Government Policy on Privacy

READ Press Release At:  HHS Policy on Privacy (Aug. 2002)

D. Other

READ Patients Have Many Rights.

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