Bases of the System of Medical Care
In matters of ethics, doctors see themselves as following the Hippocratic tradition. Until recently medical ethics was not widely studied and was thought to consist in two fundamental propositions, do good and do no harm. A strong commitment to confidentiality was seen as flowing from these injunctions. Doctors received little or no education as to what doing good or avoiding harm may mean. Largely, they saw medical ethics as the obligation to act as they thought right, an essentially paternalistic approach.
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