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Ethical considerations in medical photography

Avinash Supe


Do camera footage and still photographs depicting death, disease and injury represent an invasion of privacy, or are they appropriate forms of publicity? Recently, photographs of patients suspected to be suffering from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) were published in newspapers as well as shown on TV, causing inconvenience and social stigma to all patients. While there was a need to follow quarantine procedures, there was no necessity to widely publicise the pictures. That act has caused mental and social harm to these individuals.

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