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Age of autonomy

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 18 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2648
  1. Karla Hemming, senior research fellow1
  1. 1University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT
  1. k.hemming{at}

    Does 7 being the age of autonomy always benefit the child?1 Not all children will demonstrate this capability so young, and so the person who decides whether a child is autonomous is important. Usually it is the consulting doctor, who may have never met the child before the consultation.

    In a recent episode of Embarrassing Bodies (Channel 4, 7 April 2010), a child …

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