Ethical perspectives in psychiatric care and research
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Ethical implications become more difficult to discern, as medical interventions become more complex and as social changes impact more directly on the interaction between the physician and the patient, including the specific therapist-patient relationship in psychiatry. Social changes, political conflicts, and technological advancements create new ethical dilemmas, which demand an ethical answer from the physician. Psychiatry, as a medical specialty cannot escape responding. Ethical guidelines could help the psychiatrist by providing a general outline of what is permissible, or forbidden.
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