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August 30, 1976

Informed Consent

Author Affiliations

Madison Clinic Madison, Ind

JAMA. 1976;236(9):1011. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270100012010

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To the Editor.—  Laforet's analysis of informed consent was done with admirable logic and humor. Writers have analyzed the problems of patient education and informed consent from the point of view of the physician, the lawyer, and the institution, but no one, to my knowledge, has analyzed it from the patient's point of view.Having willingly subjected myself to five major and numerous minor surgical procedures, I qualify as an expert in the gentle art of being a patient. As a physician, I am well aware of the many dangers inherent in diagnosis and treatment, and I do not want to be reminded of them when I have to face them. I greatly appreciate the fact that my surgeons did not fracture my fragile preoperative equanimity with a discussion of gruesome possibilities and numerous perils.Certainly, spare this one patient from assault by an overconscientious and zealous advocate of "informed