Jennifer Jackson investigates the notion of trust and honesty in medicine. She questions whether honesty and openness are of equal importance in maintaining the trust necessary in a doctor-patient relationship. The book begins with the assumption that doctors, nurses and counsellors have a basic duty to be worthy of the trust their patients place in them. Yet, our definitions of what is being trustworthy in the practices of modern medicine are confused and uncertain. Doctor-patient relationships have recently come under serious scrutiny in ethical debates: questions of withholding information and consent, covert surveillance in psychiatric, palliative and paediatric care units, among others. This book boldly raises these questions which disturb our very modern notions of a patient's autonomy, self-determination and informed consent. Truth, Trust and Medicine will be of interest to all those in medical ethics and applied philosophy, and a valuable resource for practitioners of medicine.
Jennifer Jackson is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Business and Professional Ethics at the University of Leeds, UK.