A History of Physician “Truth Telling,” Informed Consent, Legal and Religious Perspectives on End-of-Life Care

  • H. Russell SearightEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Ethics book series (BRIEFSETHIC)


While patients’ and family preferences for nondisclosure of life-threatening illness found among contemporary Native Americans and Asian Americans may seem to be a cultural anomaly, a brief review of physician practices and legal rulings in the 20th century suggests that disclosure of this information to patients is a relatively recent practice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLake Superior State UniversitySault Sainte MarieUSA

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