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Mar 31: Uninformed Consent: Doctors, Lying, and Cancer in Japan

Date: March 31, 2023 (Friday) Time: 12:00PM Delivery: Mrs Chen Yang Foo Oi Telemedicine Centre, 2/F, William M.W. Mong Block, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam and zoom

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Aaron Hames, Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, HKU

Zohar Lederman, Post-doctoral Fellow, Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit, LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU

Is there ever a time that a doctor should deceive a patient about their disease? What happens when a patient's family demands that the patient be kept in ignorance of their diagnosis? These questions are still relevant to cancer treatment in certain circumstances in contemporary Japan. Until the early 2000s, doctors routinely kept diagnoses of cancer from their patients. The widespread rationale was that the severity of a cancer diagnosis was too traumatic and patients would simply give up. This talk examines the circumstances and choices that keep patients ignorant of their condition.

Society of Fellows in the Humanities


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