Journal of Medical Ethics – January 2015, Volume 41, Issue 1

Journal of Medical Ethics
January 2015, Volume 41, Issue 1
http://jme.bmj.com/content/current
JME40: Good medical ethics

Paper
The impossibility of informed consent?
Kenneth Boyd
Received 1 September 2014
Revised 26 September 2014
Accepted 23 October 2014
Abstract
The problematic nature of informed consent to medical treatment and research, and its relation to autonomy, trust and clinical practice, has been addressed on many occasions and from a variety of ethical perspectives in the pages of the Journal of Medical Ethics. This paper gives an account of how discussion of these issues has developed and changed, by describing a number of significant contributions to these debates which provide examples of ‘doing good medical ethics’ over the 40 years of the Journal’s publication.