14 e-Letters

published between 2009 and 2012

  • Response
    S J Lund

    I believe no mental patient should have family members make decisions for them, as this can make the patient even more irritable. Ask the patient what they want to achieve. Just like when someone is dying you wouldn't disrespect their wishes.

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  • another reference in Jules Romains
    Jillian I Fryer

    You might also be interested in the character of Doctor Bompard (is this name a French pun?) in Jules Romains' The Body's Rapture and his long speech towards the end of the book, pages 428-429. This is not specifically about medicine, though Bompard is a ship's doctor, but about the purported march forward of science and philosophy since the Renaisance and of course refering back to the ancient Greeks. In this case it i...

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  • Can surrogates provide consent?
    Partha Gangopadhyay

    The article “Medical paternalism in House M.D”. by M R Wicclair in Medical Humanities 2008;34:93-99 made for interesting reading. However there is one point which needs further clarification in the context of English Law. The author states “Informed consent—the principle that, except in emergency situations, medical interventions require the voluntary and informed consent of patients or their surrogates—is a core ethical...

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  • Wounded Healers
    Jacqueline L. Mosher

    Dear Editor: In the editorial written by Deborah Kirklin, "Lessons in Pity and Caring from Dickens to Melville" (Medical Humanities 34: 57 2008)I found it interesting and refreshing to read her perspective on the character Gregory House from the popular television series "House M.D." I have noticed many articles referencing paternalism and the popular television series "House," but Kirklin makes an interesting point th...

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