Concealment is powerBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7545.832 (Published 06 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:832
- Walter Loebl, retired consultant in rheumatology (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Woodford Green, Essex
Half a century ago, the prevalent attitude of doctors towards their patients was still based on the Hippocratic principle of “Do not tell the patient anything.” Not only were patients never told if they had cancer; they were not even supposed to know their own medical details, such as blood pressure. If a patient asked about …
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