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ChristmanWK5 - InformedConsent

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Christman 1 Tiffany Christman/FTMYERS Professor Hazel HHSM/Research Week 5 5 April 2010 Using the internet, research what is known as informed consent. What is it? What is required to attain it? What are the possible consequences of not getting informed consent before certain procedures? The idea for informed consent resulted from the war crimes committed by many Nazi doctors during the Second World War that were justified at the time as medically relevant experiments on human subjects. “Those involved in horrible crimes attempted to excuse themselves by arguing that there were no explicit rules governing medical research on human beings in Germany during the period” (Vollman et al 1445). And as most of those subjects were forced into the experiments, often to their detriment, without any option to object or even know of the greater plans for their bodies, the Nuremberg Code was implemented and is the foundation of what we now call simply informed consent. In layman’s terms, informed consent is simply allowing a medical professional to treat a patient after the patient has been made aware of options available, yet that is a very simplistic view of informed consent. “Consent is defined as the voluntary agreement by a person with sufficient mentality to make an intelligent choice about allowing an action proposed by another person … to be performed on himself or herself” (Pape 1122).
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