Monday, February 3, 2014

Law on Consent

In the medical context and as the law on consent to medical treatment has evolved, it has become a basic accepted principle that "every human being of adult years and of sound mind has the right to determine what shall be done with his or her own body."  Clearly physicians may do nothing to or for a patient without valid consent.  The principle is applicable not only to surgical operations but also to all forms of medical treatment and to diagnostic procedures that involve intentional interference with the person.

Consent: A guide for Canadian Physicians
by Kenneth G. Evans, LLB,
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
General Legal Counsel
The Canadian Medical Protection Association

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