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Consent may be hard to obtain for incompetent patients when relatives object

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 23 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1608
  1. Edward P Morris (, Research fellowa
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    EDITOR—McFadzean et al introduce an ethical debate that arose when a critically ill patient was unable to give consent to a procedure that she had previously refused to consent to.1 The article highlighted a problem that many specialties experience. One important, though less common, issue that was not raised is the unexpected need for urgent surgery or repeat surgery for a …

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