Dr. Grey questions the choices made by the patient and tries to persuade the wife otherwise.

Season 1 Episode 4

1. Should doctors have any influence over the autonomous decisions of patients? If so, what is the nature and degree of such influence?

2. In this particular scene, is Dr. Grey’s lack of respect for patient autonomy merely an issue of poor professionalism or is it a reflection of serious ethical misconduct? Is the act of engaging in such persuasion itself a violation of the patient’s autonomy, or at least a violation of proper respect for that autonomy?