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Patients' should be able to say no

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 08 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:935
  1. Janet Menage
  1. General practitioner Rugby CV23 9HF

    EDITOR,—John N Lunn comments, “Consent for anaesthesia is different from consent for surgical or medical treatment because cooperative effort is not required. In order to be anaesthetised patients have to do very little.”1 It is precisely because anaesthetised patients are helpless and unable to defend their personal boundaries that it is important to obtain their consent …

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