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Becoming none but tradesmen: lies, deception and psychotic patients.
  1. C J Ryan,
  2. G de Moore,
  3. M Patfield
  1. Westmead Hospital, Australia.


    Is there ever any reason for a doctor to lie to a patient? In this paper, we critically review the literature on lying to patients and challenge the common notion that while lying is unacceptable, a related entity--'benevolent deception' is defensible. Further, we outline a rare circumstance when treating psychotic patients where lying to the patient is justified. This circumstance is illustrated by a clinical vignette.

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