Informed Consent to Amnestics or: What Sound Does A Tree Make In The Forest When It Falls On Your Head?


Patients who are given amnestics may be told that physicians will administer medication to relax them and to control pain or discomfort, patients typically are not told that they may experience pain or discomfort, nor are they asked if they would prefer greater amounts or anesthesia or analgesia. Instead, the physician or dentist makes this choice. Is this ethically justifiable and legally permissible?


Informed Concent

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Journal of Clinical Ethics

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5 Journal of Clinical Ethics 105 (1994)

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