Guest Editorial: The Loss of the Right of Consent
By Deborah C. Peel, M.D.
September 1, 2003
Dr. Peel is a past president of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians and was recently appointed to the council of advisors of the Michael Tigar Human Rights Center for her expertise in medical privacy.
No single approach to medical privacy can preserve such an important individual right. When the privacy rights of individuals are pitted against corporations and governmental agencies that want unfettered access to the most valuable personal information that exists, eternal vigilance is the only effective response.
American Medical Association (2001), Principles of Medical Ethics, Preamble, Section 3. Available at: www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/4256.html
. Accessed July 31, 2003.
Citizens for Health et al. v Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary, US Dept of HHS, CA No. 03-2267 (E.D. Pa.).