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Avoiding paternalism but not moral perplexity

D R Hall


Maternal autonomy has replaced medical paternalism, but conflicts between beneficence and autonomy persist.

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D R Hall, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

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Ethics; Autonomy; Paternalism; Obstetrics

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South African Medical Journal 2018;108(11):915-916. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2018.v108i11.13328

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Date submitted: 2018-10-26
Date published: 2018-10-26

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