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Contesting Medical Confidentiality: Origins of the Debate in the United States, Britain, and Germany

Andreas-Holger Maehle


Privacy and medical confidentiality are currently issues of considerable public concern, especially regarding the management and sharing of patient information in health databases. This book for the first time comparatively elucidates the origins of the debates on medical confidentiality in the USA, Britain and Germany during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In this period traditional medical secrecy began to be seriously contested by demands for disclosure in the name of public health and the law. Three major debates are analyzed in this book: on a “privilege” of physicians ... More

Keywords: medical confidentiality, privacy, patient information, medical secrecy, medical privilege, venereal diseases, abortion, United States, Britain, Germany

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226404820
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226404967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas-Holger Maehle, author
Durham University