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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Parental Decision Making:
Case 2

An ill-appearing 2-year-old with a fever and stiff neck appears to have meningitis. His parents refuse a lumbar puncture on the grounds that they have heard spinal taps are extremely dangerous and painful.

What are your obligations in this case? How should you proceed?

Discussion

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