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The Concept of Personal Care 

The Concept of Personal Care
Chapter:
The Concept of Personal Care
Source:
Medical Experimentation: Personal Integrity and Social Policy: New Edition
Author(s):

Charles Fried

, Franklin Miller

, and Alan Wertheimer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190602727.003.0004

The deepest social and philosophical problems raised by human experimentation may be divided into two categories: those that relate (1) to the conflict between the interests of the individual patient and his or her claim to the unreserved ministration of the physician, as opposed to the claims of more or less well defined and specified wider groups of persons, and (2) to the better formulation of the interest in good health. This chapter introduces the key concept of personal care and the compatibility of personal care in the doctor–patient relationship with the practice of experimentation. The terms of the conflict between the two concepts are introduced.

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