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A Journal on Forensic Medicine
Minerva Medicolegale 2008 December;128(4):165-7
The doctor-patient relationship: ethical, deontological, legal and jurisprudential aspects
Unità Operativa Medicina Legale Azienda Ospedaliera San Sebastiano. Caserta, Italia
The paper addresses the relations between ethics, law and medicine. The rift between science and society which historically created a sort of incommunicability between medicine and law, is today marked by public medicine. The public dimension of the medical profession has developed expectations in the last 30 years and stimulated prospects which employ the instruments of science for purposes that are not directly medical in the classical meaning of the term. This innovation has widened the sphere of responsibility and competency of the operator, opening the medical profession to problems of an organisational and insurance nature of which the author presents the main features.