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Frontiers in care: a case of compulsory treatment in AIDS dementia. Case study and commentaries
  1. Roger Higgs,
  2. Anthony J Pinching
  1. Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine, King's College London, and St Bartholomew's and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London


    A patient with AIDS dementia was confronted and compulsorily prevented from flying out of the country before being admitted against his will to hospital. While finding this on balance justified in the circumstances the commentators raise moral questions about the levels of care in general practice and within the couple's own relationships.

    • AIDS dementia
    • competence
    • compulsion
    • confidentiality
    • promise keeping
    • relationships

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    • Roger Higgs is Professor of General Practice and Primary Care, King's College London, Weston Education Centre, 10, Cutcombe Road, London SE5 9RJ. Anthony J Pinching is Louis Freedman Professor of Immunology and Fellow, Department of Human Science and Medical Ethics, St Bartholomew's and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary & Westfield College, West Smithfield London EC1A 7BE.

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