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May 1968


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San Francisco

Am J Dis Child. 1968;115(5):638. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1968.02100010640028

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To the Editor.—It is most unfortunate if the editorial, "Informed Consent," was interpreted by any reader as simply a warning regarding legal liability. It is my belief that sharing responsibility with the parent for any therapeutic or prophylactic procedure is a moral responsibility. It must be admitted that complete shirking of this necessity, if disaster later ensues, may be adversely considered by a jury in a court of law. It is unnecessary to warn parents specifically that almost any of the agents which are commonly given hypodermically may cause death in a few moments from anaphylaxis or may provoke other unhappy results later on. It is my belief, however, that it is essential for them to understand that some ill effects may occasionally follow medication or operation and that these rare sequellae are justified by the necessity for such procedures. The public is constantly reassured by the press and

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