CHARLES C. LUND, M.D.
When Pilate asked Jesus, "What is the truth?", He did not answer.1 After a doctor has completed a careful examination he will frequently be in possession of information about a patient that will indicate to him quite definitely that the patient is suffering from a serious disease which is in a probably or possibly curable condition if a certain course of treatment or of surgery is carried out promptly. Should he then and there tell the patient "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth" and then ask the patient to let him arrange for the treatment? Is
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LUND CC. THE DOCTOR, THE PATIENT, AND THE TRUTH(THE DOCTOR, THE PATIENT, AND THE TRUTH*). Ann Intern Med. 1946;24:955–959. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-24-6-955
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