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Patients' trust must be respected

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 08 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:935
  1. Graham Ness
  1. General practitioner Department of Psychiatry, St James's Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF

    EDITOR,—When I empathised with the patient in the medicolegal case discussed by John Mitchell and others (that is, I considered what I might feel if I were her) I felt that I too would have been perturbed.1 Putting aside complex issues of consent, I hope that a simple emphatic account of her experience and a comment may elucidate the core problem of her complaint.

    “As a married woman of 22, I went in for a straightforward tooth extraction, …

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