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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.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/jme.23.2.108

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Med Ethics

Publication Date

04/1997

Volume

23

Pages

108 - 115

Keywords

Analytical Approach, Death and Euthanasia, Beneficence, Ethics, Medical, Euthanasia, Passive, Humans, Jehovah's Witnesses, Paternalism, Personal Autonomy, Physician's Role, Physician-Patient Relations, Social Responsibility, Social Values, Stress, Psychological, Suicide, Attempted, Treatment Refusal