Compassion and the Hippocratic Oath
AbstractA physician faces a difficult decision when her terminally ill patient wants to die. Her compassion and the Hippocratic Oath pull her in different directions. A bargaining model offers an explanation of how she balances these emotions. The model has simple and powerful implications for the patient.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics).
Volume (Year): 37 (2008)
Issue (Month): 5 (October)
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Physician compassion The Hippocratic Oath Negative marginal utility End of life;
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