Informed Consent 1950s Style

In her deservedly best-selling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot reproduces the language of Lacks’s informed consent document when she was about to undergoing her cancer surgery at Johns Hopkins in 1951:

   I hereby give consent to the staff of the Johns Hopkins Hospital to    perform any operative procedures and under any anesthetic either local    or general that they may deem necessary in the proper surgical care and    treatment of _______________.

Talk about giving doctors leeway!

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