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Montgomery and informed consent: where are we now?

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 12 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2224

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 addressed.

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 May 2017
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA