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The right not to know: the case of psychiatric disorders

Bortolotti, L. and Widdows, H. (2011) The right not to know: the case of psychiatric disorders. Journal of Medical Ethics, 37 (11). pp. 673-676. ISSN 0306-6800

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URL of Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jme.2010.041111

Identification Number/DOI: doi:10.1136/jme.2010.041111

This paper will consider the right not to know in the context of psychiatric disorders. It will outline the arguments for and against acquiring knowledge about the results of genetic testing for conditions such as breast cancer and Huntington's disease, and examine whether similar considerations apply to disclosing to clients the results of genetic testing for psychiatric disorders such as depression and Alzheimer's disease. The right not to know will also be examined in the context of the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders that are associated with stigma or for which there is no effective treatment.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2011 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:Philosophy Department
Subjects:BF Psychology
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:British Medical Journal
ID Code:951
Refereed:YES
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