ZECHARIAH CHAFEE JR.
Physicians and surgeons are required by the ethics of their profession to preserve the secrets of their patients which have been communicated to them or learned from the inspection of symptoms and other bodily conditions. How far this ethical requirement should be enforced by law is a question on which there is much difference of opinion among both lawyers and doctors.
No state has made disclosure of confidence a crime, as it is in France, but in some the license to practice may be revoked for this cause. Seventeen states still seem to preserve the view of the English common
CHAFEE Z. PRIVILEGED COMMUNICATIONS: IS JUSTICE SERVED OR OBSTRUCTED BY CLOSING THE DOCTOR'S MOUTH ON THE WITNESS STAND?1. Ann Intern Med. ;18:606–617. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-18-4-606
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1943;18(4):606-617.
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