In recent years, the triumph of automy has made paternalist interventions increasingly problematic. The value of a patient's right to self-determination and the practice of informed consent are considered supremely important in present-day health care ethics. In general, the idea of 'doctor kws best' has become more and more suspicious. This has left us with a situation in which paternalist medicine seems difficult to reconcile with respect for patient automy. This book offers a thorough reflection on the relationship between automy and paternalism, and argues that, from both theoretical and practical angles, the tension between these concepts is t as acute as it might seem. In long-term care, psychiatry, and care for the severely handicapped, the principle of respect for automy is particularly ill-suited. This, however, does t mean that such respect is totally irrelevant, but that it should take a different shape. Good care in those cases requires us to transcend the sharp dichotomy between automy and paternalism. In Automy and Paternalism: Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Health Care various acclaimed authors present their views on this interesting and extremely relevant debate.