Steve Jobs: Advocacy and Privacy

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[Editor's Note: After Steve Jobs announced his resignation last week, the world buzzed with speculations about his health. Would there have been fewer speculations if Jobs had given the world more info? Does he have a responsibility to the community he helped build to bring awareness to Pancreatic Cancer? Medical Lessons thoughtfully addresses the issues around diagnoses and privacy. What do you think? - Denise]

When public figures are open about their ill­nesses, it can be helpful, instructive and even nec­essary. For example, if a political figure, say Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez or Dick Cheney, with con­sid­erable power develops a cancer or has a stroke or a heart attack or some other serious medical problem, the cit­izens have the right to know that the con­dition of the person they rely on has changed.

Steve Jobs
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