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BioethicsTV: Violating consent, living with difficult patient choices, and helping family choose

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

On Grey’s Anatomy (Season 13, Episode 22), two storylines looked at when a physician’s desire to do good should outweigh a patient’s choice. [Shortcut answer: Rarely] In the first storyline, a young woman enters the ED after falling down a flight of stairs while leaving the apartment of a one-night stand. She has an inoperable heart tumor and has decided to spend her remaining time being as hedonistic as possible. At one point, she turns to the doctors and tells them that she knows what they are thinking: That they alone can give her a chance; that there is some technique that only they can do.…

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