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Physician liability for treating mentally incompetent patients: The views of one American lawyer

  • Allan B. Morrison
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The issue of the rights and obligations of those involved in doing research on patients who are incapable of giving their consent to treatment is a difficult one. This difficulty is reflected in the papers and discussion which form the basis of the book Consent and the Incompetent Patient: Ethics, Law and Medicine (eds. S. R. Hirsch & J. Harris) and that were the subject of the conference that led to it. Had I been in attendance, I am sure that I would have gained insights not available from the printed version on which I have had to rely. Nonetheless, I have sufficient sense of the proceedings to see where there are areas that an American view, or at least the views of one American lawyer, might be of interest.

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1. Consent and the Incompetent Patient: Ethics, Law and Medicine edited by Hirsch, Steven R. and Harris, John, 1988, pp 111, is available from the Editorial Office, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 17 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PG, price £7.50. Cheques should be made payable to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Postage and packing: UK and overseas surface free. Airmail £4.00 per book.
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Physician liability for treating mentally incompetent patients: The views of one American lawyer

  • Allan B. Morrison
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