Inform and consent: more than just sign here

Inform and consent: more than just sign here

Volume 108, Issue 1, Pages 40–41


Jody Lynee Madeira, J.D., Ph.D., Kathryn Coyne, M.S., Ami S. Jaeger, J.D., J. Preston Parry, M.D., M.P.H., Steven R. Lindheim, M.D., M.M.M.


Informed consent, which blends law, medicine, and bioethics, is a multifaceted process to obtain patient permission and enhance patient nderstanding before health care interventions. Insufficient informed consent may even constitute battery or medical malpractice, for reasons articulated in the landmark 1914 New York case Schloendorff v. Society of New York Hospital. Adoption of the informed consent doctrine was sluggish but reached a groundswell following the Nuremberg Code, the well-known 1972 case Canterbury v.

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