Patients allow physicians into their private lives on the condition that the information we learn will not be used against them. I once took care of a business executive in the emergency room who had hired call girls during a weekend drug binge. When he saw a police officer outside his room, he quietly handed me an envelope containing a large amount of white powder. I wasn’t sure what to do with it, so I discarded it. For the next several hours the patient eyed me suspiciously, probably wondering whether I had ratted him out. But it never occurred to me to do so.Hm.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
What would you do?
Here is an opinion piece in the New York Times, written by a doctor who is concerned about a case before the Supreme Court in Washington State. In the course of making his point he tells this little story: