Informed consent does not mean rational consent. Cognitive limitations on decision-making.

@article{Merz1990InformedCD,
  title={Informed consent does not mean rational consent. Cognitive limitations on decision-making.},
  author={Jon F. Merz and Baruch Fischhoff},
  journal={The Journal of legal medicine},
  year={1990},
  volume={11 3},
  pages={
          321-50
        }
}
If all decisions by the patient could be made on an intelligent basis; if all patients had sufficient scientific background and sufficient knowledge of the human body; if the decisions of all patients could be sufficiently free of the fear of the unknown, of superstition and other extraneous influences upon the decision‐making processes; if all patients were able to understand the physician and communicate with him; if the physician were not faced with these and various other impediments… CONTINUE READING

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