Informed Consent to Medical Treatment: The Duty of Disclosure in View of the Patient's Best Interests

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Informed Consent to Medical Treatment: The Duty of Disclosure in View of the Patients Best Interests Ofra G. Golan Perlstein-Genosar 2008 456 pages in Hebrew ISBN: 978-965-7098-42-4

Dr. Golan states in the beginning of her brilliantly written book that:" . ..the dry requirements of the law are far from the practice and reality of physician-patient relationship." Indeed, this fresh and courageous look permeates her book.

The book opens with a relevant introduction to the aspect of "informed consent," anchoring this concept in the here-and-now of the 21st century. Unique attention is given in Chapter Three to the physicians' attitudes towards informed consent, and Jewish law is addressed in Chapter Five. The sixth chapter is actually the book's second part and it addresses informed consent in the context of specialized medical settings such as: obstetrics, oncology, cosmetic surgery and alternative medicine. The book's appendices, index and lists of abbreviations and bibliography are a valuable aid to the reader.

The dry facts about this book do not do it justice. The writing flows and the attitude adopted by the author is one of enlightened debate. …