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And Yes I said Yes I Will Yes …

“A perfunctory signing of a consent form elicits mere passive assent, not active consent. It neither enhances patient understanding nor helps the patient take responsibility for his or her choices. There is a substantial consensus in our society that it is unethical to impose risks on people without their consent.” – Dr. Harold J. Bursztajn, Associate Clinical Professor and Co-Director, Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Harvard Medical School.

Yes.

What else could you say under the circumstances? Here is the form I gave Pam to sign when she finally consented to open heart surgery …


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