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February 16, 2000

AutonomyThe Practice of Autonomy: Patients, Doctors, and Medical Decisions

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2000;283(7):930-931. doi:10.1001/jama.283.7.930-JBK0216-3-1

University of Michigan Law School Professor Carl Schneider wants physicians to read this book, which is part of wide ranging reassessment by some scholars of the primacy of autonomy in medical ethics discourse. Schneider thinks medical ethicists, lawyers, and others uncritically call for the primacy of autonomy, even mandatory autonomy, in the face of empirical evidence that shows a much more complex and nuanced reality. Are we taking patient autonomy too seriously, and should we look elsewhere to promote real patient rights and welfare?

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