The Journal of Medical Humanities and Bioethics

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 99–108

What's in a name?

  • Sheila E. Horn

DOI: 10.1007/BF01142304

Cite this article as:
Horn, S.E. J Med Hum (1985) 6: 99. doi:10.1007/BF01142304


Medical students pose as physicians during clinical training. This article presents three cases where students justify misrepresenting their status for different reasons: self-concern for career, necessity for clinical training, and belief that the truth could cause undue psychological stress in the patient. The author suggests that serious consequences of this practice should be constantly reviewed in a critical light.

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© Human Sciences Press 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheila E. Horn
    • 1
  1. 1.the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic MedicineUSA
  2. 2.East Lansing