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PROFESSIONAL SECRECY AND CRIMINALS.

PROFESSIONAL SECRECY AND CRIMINALS. According to a newspaper report. a Chicago physician is supposed to know the whereabouts of the principal in a recent murder case and refuses to give any information on the ground that he is bound to protect his patient by the ethics of his profession. In commenting on this supposed fact, the newspaper assumes that the medical profession has set up such a rule as would require physicians to conceal criminals, and says: "Too often fugitives from justice are aided in their attempts to escape by doctors who are over-zealous in their observation of so-called professional ethics. It is time for the medical profession to define clearly where it stands on this important matter." There is a serious misapprehension of facts in the above quotation. Medical secrecy does not demand anything of the physician that would make him an accessory after the fact in a criminal case. Physicians are not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

PROFESSIONAL SECRECY AND CRIMINALS.

JAMA , Volume XXXV (25) – Dec 22, 1900

PROFESSIONAL SECRECY AND CRIMINALS.

Abstract


According to a newspaper report. a Chicago physician is supposed to know the whereabouts of the principal in a recent murder case and refuses to give any information on the ground that he is bound to protect his patient by the ethics of his profession. In commenting on this supposed fact, the newspaper assumes that the medical profession has set up such a rule as would require physicians to conceal criminals, and says: "Too often fugitives from justice are aided in their...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1900 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1900.02460510042009
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Abstract

According to a newspaper report. a Chicago physician is supposed to know the whereabouts of the principal in a recent murder case and refuses to give any information on the ground that he is bound to protect his patient by the ethics of his profession. In commenting on this supposed fact, the newspaper assumes that the medical profession has set up such a rule as would require physicians to conceal criminals, and says: "Too often fugitives from justice are aided in their attempts to escape by doctors who are over-zealous in their observation of so-called professional ethics. It is time for the medical profession to define clearly where it stands on this important matter." There is a serious misapprehension of facts in the above quotation. Medical secrecy does not demand anything of the physician that would make him an accessory after the fact in a criminal case. Physicians are not

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 22, 1900

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