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Well-Mannered MedicineMedical Ethics and Etiquette in Classical Ayurveda$
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Dagmar Wujastyk

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199856268

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856268.001.0001

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Veracity in the Doctor–Patient Relationship

Veracity in the Doctor–Patient Relationship

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(p.124) 6 Veracity in the Doctor–Patient Relationship
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Well-Mannered Medicine
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Dagmar Wujastyk

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856268.003.0007

This chapter discusses the paternalistic nature of the doctor-patient relationship, and what this means for a physician's attitude towards giving or withholding information from a patient. The ayurvedic treatises advocate honesty as a virtue in the physician, but at the same time recommend that he use deception in certain circumstances. Deception plays a role in preserving patients from harm and ensuring patient compliance. The ayurvedic authors, however, also describe how deception can be used directly as a therapeutic tool. The therapies involved read as extreme interventions, and the moral implications of the use of both deception and violence are discussed at some length.

Keywords:   veracity, withholding information, managing information, patient compliance, medical paternalism, violence in medicine

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