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Should doctors talk to relatives without a competent patient’s consent?
  1. O Mytton
  1. Correspondence to:
 O Mytton
 PRHO General Surgery, North Devon District Hospital, Raleigh Park, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 7JB, UK;


A view from a student: ethical teaching, based on ethical guidelines, is at odds with clinical practice. Is this poor practice, or is the ethical guidance too simple?

  • confidentiality
  • guidelines
  • student
  • teaching
  • informed consent

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