Knowing and Not Knowing

  • Margaret E. Backman


In the legal and medical climate of today, patients are able to demand and expect as much information about their condition as is available. Whereas, in the past, secrecy and deception predominated (Radovsky, 1985), with the advent of more effective treatments, a more relaxed attitude about sharing information is evolving (Koocher, 1986).


Heart Attack Brown Spot Childhood Cancer Survivor Woman Patient Bereave Family Member 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret E. Backman
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  1. 1.Office of Health ServicesBarnard College, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryNew York University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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