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When advising a patient, a physician must communicate the truth accurately and clearly. The physician's and patient's knowledge and preference result in a plan of action. Such a plan must be for the patient's good. A physician must not formulate or endorse a plan that he perceives to be of harm to the patient. A plan that involves risk is acceptable if the potential benefit to the patient outweights the risk in the mind of …

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…Each physician has an obligation to weigh the perceived benefits to his patient against the harm just described. If as a result a physician's conscience does not permit him to prescribe oral contraception, he is obligated to inform his patients in an accurate, clear, and sensitive manner. Subsequently, he must develop a plan to phase out the use of oral contraceptives. Should a physician's conscience ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography** When advising a patient, a physician must communicate