Commentary on Glannon and Ross, and McKay

McLean, S. (2002) Commentary on Glannon and Ross, and McKay. Journal of Medical Ethics, 28(2), p. 74. (doi: 10.1136/jme.28.2.74)

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The patient-doctor relationship has recently come under intense scrutiny, resulting in a re-evaluation of the basis of that relationship. The papers by Glannon and Ross, and McKay seek to identify the sources of authority in the patient-doctor relationship by evaluating it in terms of the concept of altruism. In this paper I argue that the analysis of Glannon and Ross, and of McKay is unnecessary and that the analysis offered by the latter is also flawed. I do acknowledge, however, that Glannon and Ross's description of doctors' responsibilities and patients' roles has much to commend it.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McLean, Professor Sheila
Authors: McLean, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Journal of Medical Ethics
Journal Abbr.:J. Med. Ethics
ISSN (Online):1473-4257

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