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Questions Parents Should Resist

  • William Ruddick
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 33)

Abstract

To take decisive part in a child’s medical care, parents must know what questions to ask physicians — and themselves. I wish to examine three questions often asked and answered in pediatric decisions, namely,
  1. (1)

    “What would I do if it were my child?” asked by physicians of themselves;

     
  2. (2)

    “What would you do if it were your child?” asked of physicians by parents of ill children;

     
  3. (3)

    “What is in the child’s best interests?” asked by both physicians and parents.

     

Keywords

False Ideal Question Parent Custody Dispute Professional Privilege Pediatric Decision 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • William Ruddick
    • 1
  1. 1.New York UniversityNew York

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