Commentary: What we have here, is a failure to communicate

Howard Brody

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The physician in Erde's clinical case study performed poorly in a number of aspects of informed consent and good physician-patient communication. However, the patient also failed to perform some of his own duties to participate in effective communication and so shares at least some responsibility for the bad outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-33
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Medicine and Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1999
Externally publishedYes



  • Abandonment
  • Communication
  • Informed consent
  • Patients' duties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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