Natanson v. Kline, St Francis Hospital and School of NursingJoe Segen2016-12-08T14:20:21+00:00
Natanson v. Kline, St Francis Hospital and School of Nursing
A landmark case which was the first time that the issue of informed consent was brought into court, and gave medical and legal currency to the “reasonable practitioner” standard*
*What a reasonable health practitioner in the same jurisdiction would disclose to a patient.
Mrs Natanson suffered severe radiation burns after her post-mastectomy radiation therapy and claimed that the radiologist had not adequately warned her about the risks of treatment before she gave her consent. The court admitted as negligent the physician’s failure to disclose the necessary information “…in language as simple as necessary…the duty of the physician–is to disclose–that which a reasonable medical practitioner would make under the same or similar circumstances.”
The “reasonable practitioner” standard later gave way in Canterbury v. Spence, 464 F.2d 772 (D.C. Cir. 1972) to the “reasonable patient” standard*.
*What a reasonable patient under similar circumstances would want to know.
Synonyms Natanson v Kline, 350 P 2d 1093–Kan 1960