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Author Maehle, Andreas-Holger, 1957- author.

Title Contesting medical confidentiality : origins of the debate in the United States, Britain, and Germany / Andreas-Holger Maehle
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016


Description 1 online resource
Contents Introduction -- Medical privilege in court: protecting patient confidence or obstructing the course to justice? -- Venereal diseases: the issue of private versus public interest -- Abortion: reporting a crime or preserving confidentiality? -- General conclusions
Summary Medical confidentiality is an essential cornerstone of effective public health systems, and for centuries societies have struggled to maintain the illusion of absolute privacy. In this age of health databases and increasing connectedness, however, the confidentiality of patient information is rapidly becoming a concern at the forefront of worldwide ethical and political debate. In Contesting Medical Confidentiality, Andreas-Holger Maehle travels back to the origins of this increasingly relevant issue. He offers the first comparative analysis of professional and public debates on medical confidentiality in the United States, Britain, and Germany during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when traditional medical secrecy first came under pressure from demands of disclosure in the name of public health. Maehle structures his study around three representative questions of the time that remain salient today: Do physicians have a privilege to refuse court orders to reveal confidential patient details? Is there a medical duty to report illegal procedures to the authorities? Should doctors breach confidentiality in order to prevent the spread of disease? Considering these debates through a unique historical perspective, Contesting Medical Confidentiality illuminates the ethical issues and potentially grave consequences that continue to stir up public debate
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed September 22, 2016)
Subject Confidential communications -- Physicians -- History -- 19th century
Confidential communications -- Physicians -- History -- 20th century
Confidential communications -- Physicians -- United States -- History
Confidential communications -- Physicians -- Great Britain -- History
Confidential communications -- Physicians -- Germany -- History
Physicians -- Professional ethics
Privacy, Right of -- History
Confidentiality -- history
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Confidentiality -- legislation & jurisprudence
Confidentiality -- ethics
Ethics, Medical
LAW -- Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice.
Confidential communications -- Physicians
Physicians -- Professional ethics
Privacy, Right of
United States
United Kingdom
Great Britain
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780226404967