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Competency, consent, and the duty of care

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 03 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:943
  1. Ronan J McIvor, Senior registrar in psychiatry
  1. National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG

    EDITOR—There seems to be another solution to the ethical dilemma posed by Inwald apart from those put forward by the commentators.1

    Inwald's patient had a long history of schizophrenia, with evidence of recent deterioration characterised by declining social and personal functioning and loss of insight into the consequences. This decline, possibly associated with …

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