Re: The Onus of Doctors

Biah Mustafa

Student, 3rd year MBBS, King Edward Medical University, Lahore.

Electronic Opinion (E-OP) to Professional Secrecy And Privileged Communication In Medical Practice. Pak J Surg Med. 2020;1(1):72-74. Available from: doi : 10.5281/zenodo.3595068.

Corresponding Author: Biah Mustafa, 3rd year MBBS, King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan. Contact Author.
Submission: Feb 22, 2020
Acceptance: Apr 27, 2020
Publication : May 11, 2020

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Article Citation: Mustafa B. Re: the onus of doctors. Pak J Surg Med. 2020;1(2):95. doi: 10.37978/pjsm.v1i2.174

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Dear Sir,
I have read with interest the article by Kamran M et al.[1] I would like to highlight that misadventures occur when details are omitted from history. It is essential that a doctor gains the trust of his patient and obtains information regarding taboo topics (sexual relations, drug abuse etc) as well. However, there are instances when the health and safety of another individual is also at risk (Epidemics, STDs, Corona Virus, etc), and then this oath is deliberately broken. It is the onus of doctors to uphold their oath of providing the best medical diagnosis and treatment to the concerned parties. Often times, to do so means to violate the terms of confidentiality, but in good faith.
Thank You.


1. Kamran M, Arif S, Ejaz S. Professional secrecy and privileged communication in medical practice. Pak J Surg Med. 2020;1(1):72-74. Available from: doi : 10.5281/zenodo.3595068.

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