The Dilemma of the Incapacitated Patient Who Has Previously Refused Consent for Surgery
Caplan, Arthur L.
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1997 Dec 6; 315(7121): 1530-1532.
What should doctors do if a patient is critically ill and unable to give consent to a procedure that he or she has previously refused to consent to? Such a case is described below and discussed by a medicolegal specialist and by an ethicist.
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McFadzean, J.; Monson, J. P.; Watson, J. D.; Coakley, J. H.; Hoyte, Patrick; Caplan, Arthur L.; Hansen-Flaschen, John (1997-12-06)