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Art students and talking arses

By Paul Broks   April 2004

I had cleared the afternoon to work on my presentation when the neurosurgeon called. Neuropsychological assessments are rarely urgent, but this one was. I had to determine a 17-year-old girl’s capacity for informed consent to surgery. The girl’s parents were against the proposed treatment; the surgeon thought she would likely die without it. By the end of a long afternoon and evening of assessments I concluded that she was quite capable of making up her own mind. It was close to ten when I got home and all I wanted was a beer. I filed a formal report first thing…

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