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    Medical confidentiality: an intransigent and absolute obligation.M. H. Kottow - 1986 - Journal of Medical Ethics 12 (3):117-122.
    Clinicians' work depends on sincere and complete disclosures from their patients; they honour this candidness by confidentially safeguarding the information received. Breaching confidentiality causes harms that are not commensurable with the possible benefits gained. Limitations or exceptions put on confidentiality would destroy it, for the confider would become suspicious and un-co-operative, the confidant would become untrustworthy and the whole climate of the clinical encounter would suffer irreversible erosion. Excusing breaches of confidence on grounds of superior moral values introduces arbitrariness and (...)
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    Who is my brother's keeper?M. H. Kottow - 2002 - Journal of Medical Ethics 28 (1):24-27.
    Clinical and research practices designed by developed countries are often implemented in host nations of the Third World. In recent years, a number of papers have presented a diversity of arguments to justify these practices which include the defence of research with placebos even though best proven treatments exist; the distribution of drugs unapproved in their country of origin; withholding of existing therapy in order to observe the natural course of infection and disease; redefinition of equipoise to a more bland (...)
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    In defence of medical ethics.M. H. Kottow - 1999 - Journal of Medical Ethics 25 (4):340-343.
    A number of recent publications by the philosopher David Seedhouse are discussed. Although medicine is an eminently ethical enterprise, the technical and ethical aspects of health care practices can be distinguished, therefore justifying the existence of medical ethics and its teaching as a specific part of every medical curriculum. The goal of teaching medical ethics is to make health care practitioners aware of the essential ethical aspects of their work. Furthermore, the contention that rational bioethics is a fruitless enterprise because (...)
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    A reply to Professor Seedhouse.M. H. Kottow - 1999 - Journal of Medical Ethics 25 (4):349-350.
    This brief reply gives a few references and clarifies some points in order to emphasize that a number of Professor Seedhouse's assertions are debatable and that his criticism of slovenly scholarship and his unbridled ad hominem argumentation are out of place and easily refuted.
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    Should medical ethics justify violence?M. H. Kottow - 2006 - Journal of Medical Ethics 32 (8):464-467.
    Medical ethics needs to be on its guard against those in military or political power who would seek to subvert its most basic tenets in order to serve their own endsEmergencies and warlike situations often force medical personnel to follow orders and perform actions or duties pertaining to their field of expertise in flagrant violation of their professional code of ethics. Opposing such orders may be contextually impossible, or elicit unduly high personal costs. Medical ethics, while lamenting these impositions, is (...)
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    When consent is unbearable--a case report.M. H. Kottow - 1978 - Journal of Medical Ethics 4 (2):78-80.
    Informed consent has become one of the central problems in medical ehtics. At first sight, it would seem that no argument can be made against a person's right to be fully aware of the extent, course, and implications of his medical condition. It seems equally obvious that it is the patient's right to participate in, influence, or fully and solely assume the decisions of medical actions that should be undertaken or withheld with regard to his disease. Nevertheless, there are circumstances (...)
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    Classical medicine v alternative medical practices.M. H. Kottow - 1992 - Journal of Medical Ethics 18 (1):18-22.
    Classical medicine operates in a climate of rational discourse, scientific knowledge accretion and the acceptance of ethical standards that regulate its activities. Criticism has centred on the excessive technological emphasis of modern medicine and on its social strategy aimed at defending exclusiveness and the privileges of professional status. Alternative therapeutic approaches have taken advantage of the eroded public image of medicine, offering treatments based on holistic philosophies that stress the non-rational, non-technical and non-scientific approach to the unwell, disregarding traditional diagnostic (...)
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  8. Against the magnanimous in medical ethics.M. H. Kottow - 1990 - Journal of Medical Ethics 16 (3):124-128.
    Supererogatory acts are considered by some to be part of medicine, whereas others accept supererogation to be a gratuitous virtue, to be extolled when present, but not to be demanded. The present paper sides with those contending that medicine is duty-bound to benefit patients and that supererogation/altruism must per definition remain outside and beyond any role-description of the profession. Medical ethics should be bound by rational ethics and steer away from separatist views which grant exclusive privileges but also create excessive (...)
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    AZT in Africa.M. H. Kottow - 1999 - Journal of Clinical Ethics 10 (2):166.
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    Confidentiality as fair agreement.M. H. Kottow - 1995 - Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (2):117-117.
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    Classical medicine v alternative medical practices.M. H. Kottow - 1993 - Journal of Medical Ethics 19 (1):51-51.
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    Developing countries: whose views?M. H. Kottow - 1995 - Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (1):56-56.
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  13. Decision making in the critically ill neonate.M. H. Kottow - 1998 - Journal of Medical Ethics 24 (4):280-281.
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    Ethical aspects of plans to combat Huntington's disease--a response.M. H. Kottow - 1981 - Journal of Medical Ethics 7 (3):140-141.
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    Euthanasia after the holocaust – is it possible?: A report from the federal republic of germany.M. H. Kottow - 1988 - Bioethics 2 (1):58–69.
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    Genomanalyse und Gentherapie.M. H. Kottow - 1992 - Journal of Medical Ethics 18 (2):107-107.
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    Informed consent.M. H. Kottow - 1979 - Journal of Medical Ethics 5 (3):154-154.
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    In-vitro Fertilisation -- ein Umstrittenes Experiment.M. H. Kottow - 1992 - Journal of Medical Ethics 18 (2):107-107.
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    Letter from Germany.M. H. Kottow - 1982 - Journal of Medical Ethics 8 (1):44-47.