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June 20, 2007

Confidentiality of Medical Information After Death

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2007;297(23):2585. doi:10.1001/jama.297.23.2585-b

To the Editor: In their Commentary, Drs Robinson and O’Neill1 state that “to prevent erosion of the right to confidentiality after death, it is important that physicians and other health care workers strive to ensure that this confidentiality is preserved to the maximum degree possible.” This is actually a familiar concept in the US medical ethics tradition.