Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

The ethics of fake illness excuses from doctors

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Blogger Wendy Robinson (Owen’s better half) consulted Dr. Richard M. Edwards who teaches Applied Ethics regarding the behavior of the doctors on the Capitol Square in Madison handing out fake illness excuses to the protestors.

I believe that any physician writing an excuse for absence for a person about whom the physician has little or no knowledge and has not been examined by the physician or with whom the physician has not discussed the patient’s symptoms violates a number of the nine (9) principles adopted by the AMA in 1957 and revised in 1980 and 2001.

Edward explained that trying to use one principle as a justification for violating the other principles misses the point. The principles are supposed to considered as a whole.

Short answer – it’s wrong.

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