HUBERT WINSTON SMITH, LL.B., M.D.
When one says the first word on a controversial subject, he should not delude himself into thinking that he will have an opportunity to say the last. Sometimes, however, it is discreet to amplify what one said in the beginning, before others may bring the subject to a more mature and annihilating conclusion. In 1942, in the course of discussing select legal problems which arise in the practice of surgery,1 the writer ventured the statement: "There is probably a privilege, on therapeutic grounds, to withhold the specific diagnosis where the disclosure of cancer or some other dread condition would seriously
SMITH HW. LEGAL PRIVILEGE, ON THERAPEUTIC GROUNDS, TO WITHHOLD SPECIFIC DIAGNOSIS FROM PATIENT SICK WITH SERIOUS OR FATAL ILLNESS1. Ann Intern Med. ;24:960–967. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-24-6-960
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1946;24(6):960-967.
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