Commentary on “A Misguided Venture: Presidential Fitness and the Duty to Warn”
AbstractFor >40 years, the Tarasoff duty to warn of a threat to kill has become an accepted part of medical care. The use of this warning by physician political activists is new. In this response to the editorial by Kels and Kels1 in this issue of the Southern Medical Journal, I first comment on the aim of physician activism to achieve political goals using medical constructs such as the duty to warn. I then focus on the current use of the Tarasoff doctrine by physicians and outline a way to incorporate the more traditional duty to warn into clinical practice.
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