ANTHONY BOHAN, M.D., J.D.
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To the editor: As both a physician and attorney, I was interested in the article by Lidz and associates (1) on informed consent. The authors clearly described the limitations of "informed" consent in the context of a university teaching hospital, pointing out that perhaps only 10% of their patients "saw themselves as having an active role in decision making." This conclusion is unfortunately likely to be accurate, given the diffusion of responsibility inherent in a university teaching service where the patient's physician is a team of interns, residents, fellows, and attending physicians.
Historically, the doctrine of informed consent received one
BOHAN A. Informed Consent. Ann Intern Med. ;100:164–165. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-1-164_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(1):164-165.
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