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Hong Kong Baptist University

1999

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病人自主決定與醫療行善, Hong Cui Jan 1999

病人自主決定與醫療行善, Hong Cui

International Journal of Chinese & Comparative Philosophy of Medicine

It is important to respect for patients' rights. The patient should be informed of medical interference and the physician must obtain the patient's consent to perform serious treatment. This is a sense of patients' self-determination in contemporary medical practice. This paper argues that, granted its importance, patients' self-determination should not be given unique emphasis independent of physicians' medical beneficence.

The paper considers this issue from both Chinese physicians' and patients' perspectives. First, from the physician's perspective, the role of the physician as a professional ought not to be overlooked. Should the physician play a role no more than ...