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Compassion and the Hippocratic Oath

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A 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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  • Lee, Li Way, 2008. "Compassion and the Hippocratic Oath," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 1724-1728, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:37:y:2008:i:5:p:1724-1728
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