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Responsibility, Confidentiality, and the Psychiatrically Ill Physician

  • Brian B. Doyle

Abstract

Physicians are notoriously difficult patients, regardless of the type of their illness. It is particularly difficult for afflicted physicians, their family, friends, patients, and fellow physicians, to contend with psychiatric illness. Because of the emotional impact of psychiatric illness, the usual conflict between confidentiality and responsibility is heightened in those who would be helpful.

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Psychiatric Illness Psychiatric Hospitalization Continue Medical Education Credit Medical School Applicant Usual Conflict 
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© plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian B. Doyle
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesGeorge Washington University School of Medicine and Health SciencesUSA

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