Document Type


Publication Date



The purpose of this Article is to probe the foundations and applications of informed consent in a variety of situations and thereby test its validity. The conclusion to be drawn from this analysis is that while the doctrine has yet to become an integral part of the ethos of medicine, it still provides an important mechanism for maintaining a purposeful discourse between physician and patient and, as such, nurturing and preserving their essential partnership of healing and trust.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.