The Journal of Medical Humanities and Bioethics

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 99–108

What's in a name?

Authors

  • Sheila E. Horn
    • the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01142304

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

Abstract

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