Autonomy, Informed Consent, and Psychosurgery
Hundert, Edward M.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1994 Fall; 5(3): 264-266.
In an article that I find so well argued and so filled with ethical and clinical common sense, I find it a bit chilling to read that "OCD [obsessive-compulsive disorder] patients frequently demonstrate their desperation and their lack of freedom to choose with questions such as, 'What other choice do I have than to go for surgery?'" If we value autonomy because we value the free choices that we make freely about our own bodies and lives, then how can we argue that severe OCD patients are competent to give consent (and that physicians have an obligation to present surgery as an "option") when these patients feel that they have no other choice?
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Hundert, Edward M. (1994-09)
Torts-Informed Consent -- an Involuntarily Confined Mental Patient Cannot Give Informed Consent to Experimental Psychosurgery Dahm, Annina Mitchell (1974-09)