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September 13, 1890

ELEMENT OF CONSENT IN SURGICAL OPERATIONS.

JAMA. 1890;XV(11):401-402. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410370025006

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Abstract

Apropos of a recent editorial in the Medical Record on "The Responsibility of the Physician for Experiments upon Patients, even with the latters' Consent," we are reminded of the exhaustive discussion upon " The Medico-Legal Relations of Abdominal Surgery " held in the Section on Jurisprudence at the last meeting of the American Medical Association. In that discussion, the necessity of obtaining the consent of the patient and friends, before proceeding to open the abdomen, was especially insisted upon by several speakers, and from this the discussion branched to the element of consent generally in surgical operations. The view most readily accepted in that meeting was that more than simple consent was required in surgical operations— while that was essential; the operation itself must be in the line of approved surgical procedure. A case was quoted in which a young man had his testicles removed because of amorous proclivities. He subsequently

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