Spiritual reliefBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7443.815 (Published 01 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:815
- Sarah Hull, general practitioner
As healthcare professionals, we regularly encounter complex decision making with regard to patient consent. While working as a volunteer doctor in a Tibetan hospital in northern India, I came across an unusual example of difficulty gaining consent.
An elderly monk presented with a sharp thoracic back pain of sudden onset and shortness of breath. A chest radiograph revealed …