Consent or Obedience? Power and Authority in Medicine.

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  • Author(s): Cassell, Eric J.
  • Source:
    New England Journal of Medicine. 1/27/2005, Vol. 352 Issue 4, p328-330. 1p.
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    • Abstract:
      Examines power and authority in medicine. Stanley Milgram who first experimented with obedience studies in which most people would perform harmful treatments on others if ordered to do so; Implications of the research in the role of inappropriate obedience as a source of abuse in the teaching hospital and the effect of obedience on patients' autonomy and consent; Six possible sources of an authority's social power; The effect of sickness on function and how that can lead patients to choose the therapy the doctor wants rather than the one that might be best for the patient; Belief that one of the functions of medical care is to help patients reassert their autonomy.