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Informed consent: one standard for research, another for clinical practice

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 17 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:0

The BMJ is written for reading now, but we sometimes spare a thought for those who will be reading the current issue of the journal 100 years from now. They may not even be human; in the week that the world chess champion was for the first time beaten by a computer this seems a distinct possibility. Those people, machines, or intergalactic travellers will no doubt conclude that we touched on an important issue with our articles on informed consent (12 April). We have so far had over 50 letters, …

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