maleficence


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maleficence

(mă-lĕf′ĭ-sĕns) [L. maleficentia, evildoing]
Acting in a deliberately harmful manner toward others.
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He applied ethical principles to his practice: do no harm to the patient (primum non nocere), practise beneficence, refrain from maleficence, and maintain patient confidentiality.
4] Maternal medical burdens outweigh maternal medical benefits, such maleficence requires recommending against treatment for the maternal patient.
For these protagonists, maleficence and transgression can be openly displayed while the population remains cynically indifferent.