No reasonable doubt that patient was incompetent

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7009.877 (Published 30 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:877
  1. Michael Pegg
  1. Consultant anaesthetist Anaesthetic Department, Royal Free Hospital, London NW3 2QG

    EDITOR,--A recent ethical debate centres on two patients who had refused treatment in an accident and emergency department.1 One patient was admitted unconscious after an overdose of codydramol and was awakened by a dose of naloxone but then refused further treatment. He was, however, treated when the effects of the …

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