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The trouble with do-gooders: the example of suicide.
  1. J Savulescu
  1. Sub-Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford.


    This paper describes the concept of a do-gooder: a person who does unwanted good. It illustrates why doing-good is a problem and argues that patients should not be compelled to do what is best. It shows the ways in which doctors covertly do-good and offers a critique of these. The discussion focuses on the example of the treatment of patients who attempt suicide.

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