Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California


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A landmark case which hinged on the issue of patient-psychotherapist confidentiality; Tarasoff was initiated by the estate of Tatiana Tarasoff who was murdered by a P. Podder, a psychiatric outpatient, who had previously informed a therapist of his intent to kill Tarasoff
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(Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California, 1976) Recognizing that the rules of professional ethics have substantial public value, the court held that the matter of greater importance, such as protecting others against violent assault, can override the rules of confidentiality.
In this tragic case the court applied, in part, analysis from Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California,(2) a decision that established a therapist's duty to warn readily identifiable third parties of a threat from a dangerous patient.
I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought not to be spoken of abroad, I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret." [2.] In Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California, 131 Cal.