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Although informed consent is required in clinical medicine and in research, it is a nebulous ideal that is rarely fulfilled in practice. This comprehensive and balanced analysis will help correct unclear, inconsistent, or superficial thinking about informed consent. The book analyzes terms like "autonomy" and "understanding," scrutinizes arguments and justifications, and elucidates the logical requirements for informed consent. It shows how philosophy can help clinicians understand ethical issues. The authors recommend that physicians change their perspectives about informed consent. Although physicians traditionally have been preoccupied with the question of what to disclose to patients, a more important issue may be
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A History and Theory of Informed Consent.. Ann Intern Med. 1986;105:643. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-4-643_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(4):643.
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