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Ethics — When family and friends make informal requests for care.


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All physicians receive informal requests for treatment or prescriptions. Physicians are often unclear about ethical, legal, and prudential boundaries of acceptable medical care in these situations. A 2014 paper in the New England Journal of Medicine focusing on how to address these ethical quandaries was selected as particularly noteworthy by Neurology Today editorial advisory board member James L. Bernat, MD, FAAN, the Louis and Ruth Frank professor of neuroscience and neurology and medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. In this video interview, Neurology Today Editor-in-chief Steven P. Ringel, MD, FAAN, and Associate Editor Robert G. Holloway Jr., MD, FAAN, discuss strategies for dealing with informal requests from family members and friends for treatment. Read the Neurology Today article, “Best Advances of 2014: Picks from the Neurology Today Editorial Advisory Board” here: Watch the Neurology Today video on our YouTube channel: