Redefining the patient

ONCE upon a time, a doctor’s consulting room was as safe as a confessional. You could say what you liked confident that, barring very exceptional circumstances, it would go no further. No more. Two legal cases, one in Germany and one still ongoing in the UK, show how the limits of patient confidentiality are being tested, and how this challenges long-established medical norms…

Josie Ford for New Scientist

This article first appeared in New Scientist on 28 August 2019. To continue reading, click here (paywall).