Informed Consent for Neonatal Circumcision: An Ethical and Legal Conundrum

The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, Volume 17, Fall 2000.

J. Steven Svoboda
Robert S. Van Howe
James G. Dwyer*

INTRODUCTION.......................................................... 61
I. THE PREREQUISITES OF EFFECTIVE CONSENT TO SURGERY.................. 63
II. ADULTS............................................................ 64
III. CHILDREN......................................................... 83
IV. CIRCUMCISION: A SPECIFIC APPLICATION OF THE CONSENT DOCTRINE...... 93
CONCLUSION............................................................132

* J. Steven Svoboda, J.D. Executive Director, Attorneys for the Rights of the Child, Berkeley California, Robert S. Van Howe, M.D., F.A.A.P., Department of Pediatrics Marshfield Clinic - Lakeland Center, Minocqua, Wisconsin. James G. Dwyer, J.D., Ph.D, Assistant Professor, William & Mary School of Law.


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