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Section 4 - Abuse and mistreatment

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 February 2015

Thomasine K. Kushner
Affiliation:
University of California, Berkeley
David C. Thomasma
Affiliation:
Neiswanger Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Summary

A certain amount of hazing is commonly part of the treatment for newcomers joining a sports team or fraternal society. This hazing may include some form of ceremony, and sometimes these get out of hand.

In this section we examine issues of being subjected to mistreatment and abuse that can have harmful effects on multiple levels: physical health, emotional well-being, social and family life, and attitudes to becoming a physician. How much humiliation should students endure before taking their complaints to higher authorities? When does ‘roughness’ turn into abuse that warrants professional discipline? What constitutes sexual harrassment and what can be done about it?

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Ward Ethics
Dilemmas for Medical Students and Doctors in Training
, pp. 135
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2001

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