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Some of the matters I have referred to may seem unusual or unlikely and thus may not be long remembered. Let me reiterate, however, the importance of two items in particular. If nothing else remains long in your minds, do not forget that complete and adequate records are essential, both in the hospital and in the office. Nothing else will take their place when they are needed. Finally, keep in mind always the significance of informed consent. It is a rapidly changing principle and one which touches literally every field of medicine. It may be difficult to accept in all its aspects. You may not, probably do not, agree with much of it, but it is here to stay. It is an established legal concept, and it is far better to recognize it as such and learn to live with it rather than be caught by it.
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