Mentally Incapable Adults: Consent to Treatment
Lancet. 1987 Jul 25; 2(8552): 228.
Changes in Britain's Mental Health Act in 1983 eliminated provisions for consent by a third party, such as a guardian or a court, to medical procedures on a mentally handicapped adult. The dilemma created when a mentally incapacitated person cannot consent to his or her treatment was illustrated in 1987 by the case of
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Brahams, Diana (1989-02-11)An Appeal Court review, brought by the Official Solicitor of Great Britain of a justice's declaration that sterilization of a mentally handicapped woman would not be unlawful only by reason of her incapacity to consent to ...