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Patients must be told of unintended injuries during treatment

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 26 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1762

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  1. Philip C Hebert, Assistant professor (
  1. Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada

    EDITOR—Hingorani et al state that doctors are not legally obliged to provide patients with an explanation after an adverse event.1 This may be so in the United Kingdom but is not so in Canada. For example, the case of Stamos v Davies concerned a physician who, in attempting a lung biopsy, hit the patient's spleen.2 When asked by the patient …

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