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J R Soc Med. 2002 April; 95(4): 218–219.
PMCID: PMC1279530

Confidentiality

The paper by Professor Gunn1 in the February JRSM while very entertaining, appears to me to fly in the face of patient confidentiality. According to my understanding details like ‘A delusional system concerning black people and homosexuals’ and ‘God had given him a mission to rid the world of prostitutes’ are medical details about particular patient and as such should not be divulged.

I did not see anywhere in the article that Professor Gunn had obtained consent from either of the people concerned.

References

1. Gunn J. No excuses. J R Soc Med 2002;95: 61-3 [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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