Title

Secondary Income From Recommended Treatment: Should Fiduciary Principles Constrain Physician Behavior?

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

1983

Editor(s)

Bradford H. Gray

ISBN

0309033772

Publisher

National Academies Press

Language

en-US

Comments

It is generally recognized that the parties to a physician-patient relationship are frequently on unequal footing. The potential for physician dominance stems not only from the fact that illness places patients in a vulnerable, dependent posture but also from the superior knowledge, training, and clinical experience of the physician. Although it may be difficult for the average patient to question the physician's judgment, patients must lay their innermost selves bare, both physically and emotionally, if their doctors are to understand the true nature and origin of their problems. Without trust, and therefore vulnerability, the candor necessary to the therapeutic relationship is impossible to achieve.

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