This paper poses the question, "what are providers' obligations to patients who lie?" This question is explored through the lens of a specific case: a 26-year-old woman who requests prophylactic bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction reports a significant and dramatic family history, but does not want to undergo genetic testing. Using a conversational-style discussion, the case is explored by a breast surgeon, genetic counselor/medical geneticist, clinical psychologist, chair of a hospital ethics committee and director of a clinical ethics consultation service.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-181
Number of pages7
JournalNarrative inquiry in bioethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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