Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 13:48
From: Allan Beever
Subject: Good news/bad news
A statement of opinion of the kind relied upon by the lucky/unlucky guy contains, at least, two statements of fact:
(i) The hospital has SOME basis for this prognosis;
(ii) This prognosis has been made with reasonable care and skill.
Certainly, it is right that there is this assumption of responsibility.
This is surely right. But how does this generate any right in the patient to rely on the prognosis being accurate?
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