As the holidays approach, we usually think about special connections with other people. We commonly think of friends and family first, but other relationships — even those of a commercial nature — may be very important as well.
Providers of professional services are unique in the level of intimacy they have with their clients. That’s why confidentiality is so prominent in their codes of ethics. Doctors literally know their patients inside and out. Accountants are fully aware of their clients’ financial situations. A person can tell his or her lawyer something that they can’t be compelled to tell even the highest judge in the land. Now that’s intimacy!
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