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By Louis A. Morris

I assume everybody has a cousin Ernest. he's the guy of whom your mom asks . . . "Why cannot you be extra like your cousin Ernest?" Cousin Ernest went to the highschool for genius youngsters and obtained all A's, even in French. because the years glided by, I misplaced touch with Cousin Ernest. Then final yr, at a kin collecting, I met him back. yes adequate, he had long gone to Harvard and turn into a physician, a radiologist. We begun discussing his perform and he pointed out that he plays a few rather dicy diagnostic assessments. whereas legally he used to be pressured to inform sufferers in regards to the hazards they have been project, he stated that chance disclosure used to be a dead workout. "No one has ever refused to endure the procedure," he acknowledged. It used to be tricky to argue together with his remark that no sufferer ever refused to suffer his checks. I understood that the inability of refusals didn't unavoidably suggest that hazard disclosure used to be a dead workout, yet his underlying argument used to be relatively compelling.

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