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Consent for intimate examinations

Ashish Goel


Abstract

Twenty students are huddled around a patient trying to auscultate a cardiac murmur. Others try to percuss the chest of a patient with emphysema, oblivious of the patient’s agony each time the plexor strikes the pleximeter. An elderly gentleman complaining of difficulty in passing urine finds that all the students in the department will perform rectal examinations to feel his enlarged prostate, apparently unaware of the discomfort this could cause. The primigravida in the pangs of labour finds she is subject to a succession of students estimating the dilatation of the os in a per vaginal examination.

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