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[Perspectives] A doctor's choice

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Does a doctor always know what is in the best interests of a patient? And should the personal values of a patient be subordinated to the medical perspective in all cases? Doctors' ethical conundrums have featured in plays such as Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People (1882) and George Bernard Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma (1906). In 1912, Arthur Schnitzler's Professor Bernhardi took the exploration of medical ethics to a new level by introducing issues of religion and the clash between medical decisions and growing antisemitism in Europe.

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