To the Editor: A great thunder has been roused by the public sector over medical and surgical procedures. Lawsuits have been filed over the failure to obtain full informed consent regarding possible complications. It has become common practice to explain in full detail any invasive procedure to be performed, including all possible major or minor complications and the countermeasures that may be needed to correct them. It has not been settled whether informed consent is legally binding, or if it is a valid legal defense in the event of an unforeseen (but previously explained) complication. This situation must be. No extract is available for articles shorter than 400 words.
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