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BioethicsTV: Substituted Judgment

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

On Grey’s Anatomy (Season 13, Episode 14) two cases lead to questions about who makes decisions for patients. In the first story, a young woman wanders into the ED disoriented and talking about snakes in a hat to denote to the viewer that she has a mental illness and lacks capacity. She is filthy, homeless, and lacks identification. The woman collapses because her very old pacemaker malfunctions. Two cardiologists in the room agree that she needs the surgery and this is all that the viewer sees of consent.…

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