Informed consent and its conceptual equivalents, e.g., right-to-know, are increasingly important. The author discusses the development of the informed consent doctrine in tort cases and attempts to evaluate the consistency of its application. He concludes that it is difficult to separate that which must be disclosed from that which need not be. He also argues that much remains to be done in achieving the objectives of the informed consent doctrine.
Jon F. Merz, An Empirical Analysis of the Medical Informed Consent Doctrine: Search for a Standard of Disclosure, 2 RISK 27 (1991).