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Optimism and consent to treatment

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 09 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6118

Consent makes the law (Consensus facit legem)

Informed consent is a redundancy, because being properly informed is a precondition of consent. Without being properly informed, a patient or client cannot give any legitimate, binding consent. Therefore, it is imperative that all professionals withhold any request for agreement or signatures, until after all information and questions have been fully addressed.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 October 2014
Hugh Mann
New York, USA