Arato v. Avedon

Arato v. Avedon

Forensic medicine A decision from the California Supreme Court on informed consent that revolves around the Pt's right to a truthful prognosis. See Truth-telling.
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However, in Arato v. Avedon, the California Supreme Court held that the law did not require physicians to inform their terminally ill patients of their prognosis and life expectancy (Arato v.
In California, the Supreme Court reversed an intermediate appellate court to hold that principles of informed consent do not require doctors to disclose life-expectancy projections to a patient suffering from a particularly virulent form of cancer (Arato v. Avedon, 30 September 1993; see Alex Capron, "Duty, Truth, and Whole Human Beings," HCR July-August 1993, discussing the intermediate appellate court decision).