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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Informed Consent in the Operating Room:
Case 2

A 36-year-old man presents for bone marrow donation for transplantation. His primary care physician contacts the anesthesiologist to report that the patient is extremely anxious about the procedure. The primary doctor requests that the anesthesiologist not discuss risks with the patient, since it might "scare" the patient into not providing bone marrow for a sick cousin.

Should you curtail risk discussion? What should you tell this anxious patient?


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