chapter  Chapter 38
Respecting Patients’ Choices and Autonomy
WithEldo E. Frezza
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The concept of autonomy first came into prominence in ancient Greece (from the Greek auto-nomos), where it characterized self-governing city-states. In the European Renaissance, autonomy came to be accepted as a property of persons. Today, the concept is used in both senses, although most contemporary philosophers deal with in-depth pendency primarily as a property of persons. 1