In Re Fadley; County of San Diego, Department of Mental Health v. Bertha Fadley
California Reporter 1984; 205: 572-576
On appeal from the San Diego County Superior Court, the California Court of Appeal affirmed a finding that a patient for whom electroconvulsive shock therapy (ECT) was recommended was incapable of giving written informed consent. The physician had petitioned the lower court for a hearing on the patient's capacity to consent to treatment for profound depression and disorientation. That court found that ECT was required and the least drastic treatment available, but that the patient could not knowingly and intelligently act upon information given by the physician. (KIE abstract)
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An Act in Relation to the Treatment of Persons to Whom the Mental Code Applies and to the Powers and Duties of the Department of Mental Health in Connection Therewith. Approved 11 September 1973 Unknown author (Illinois. Legislature, 1973-09-11)