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.
George P. Smith, II, The Vagaries of Informed Consent, 1 IND. HEALTH L. REV. 109 (2004).