The Journal of Medical Humanities and Bioethics

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 40–48

Physicians, battery, and the duty to give informed consent

Authors

  • Mark Strasser
    • University of Texas at Arlington
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01119347

Cite this article as:
Strasser, M. J Med Hum (1987) 8: 40. doi:10.1007/BF01119347

Abstract

This essay discusses the issue of informed consent as it relates not only to physician duty but also to patient duty. The author is particularly concerned with the possibility of battery charges against the physician unless a clear patient duty is articulated. In summary, the author concludes that we can prevent doctors from being forced to commit battery in a way which allows them to make reasonable choices for their patients without being open to the charge of having committed battery. At the same time, we would not allow doctors to abuse this privelege.

Copyright information

© Human Sciences Press 1987