Consent and Prisoners
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1986 Feb 1; 292(6516): 324.
A recent Court of Appeal decision has emphasized to British physicians the importance of ensuring that prisoners under their care have given uncoerced consent to treatment. Body fluid taken from alleged rapist Alfred Robert Apicella in the course of treatment for gonorrhea was later used as evidence against him. Unbeknownst to his prison doctors, Apicella had submitted to an examination only after a prison officer told him he had no choice in the matter. Citing an earlier decision,
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