DR. RICHMAN is Assistant Professor, General Gynecology, and Directior, Section of Family Planning, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.
Informed consent and the mentally challenged patient
True consent requires an understanding of decisions-and their consequences. With sensitivity, it's possible to respect a patient's autonomy while acknowledging limitations in her mental state.
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