Please don't touch me there: the ethics of intimate examinations: Informed consent failed to protect me

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7402.1326 (Published 12 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1326
  1. Mary Selby (happyselby@btinternet.com), principal general practitioner
  1. Newmarket Rookery Medical Centre, Newmarket CB8 8NW

    EDITOR—My personal experience of intimate examination dates back 23 years and illustrates how even explicit informed consent can fail to protect a patient.1

    I was 20, a first year preclinical student, awaiting surgery for a large hiatus hernia, which had been causing supraventricular tachycardia. I was admitted to Adden-brooke's Hospital two …

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