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The Weeping WillowEncounters with Grief$
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Lynne Dale Halamish and Doron Hermoni

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.001.0001

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The Last to Know

The Last to Know

THE INDIVIDUAL'S RIGHT TO KNOW

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(p.77) 12 The Last to Know
Source:
The Weeping Willow
Author(s):

Lynne Dale Halamish

Doron Hermoni

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.003.0012

This chapter discusses the chronically ill patient's right to know about his or her condition. It describes the case of 46-year-old Abel Cohen, who was diagnosed with inoperable metastasized cancer and whose wife told all their neighbours about his illness while he was unaware of his own condition. The chapter explains that everyone is entitled to hear the truth at his or her own pace and that transference of one's fears to the patient can cloud one's judgment and vision.

Keywords:   chronically ill, patient's right, Abel Cohen, metastasized cancer, truth

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