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Forced rectal exam stirs ethics questions

New York Times, January 17, 2008
Under what circumstances can a patient in an emergency room be forced to submit to a procedure that doctors deem to be medically necessary? That question--and the notion of informed consent--is at the heart of a civil case Brian Persaud, a 38-year-old construction worker who lives in Brooklyn. Persaud asserts that he was forced to undergo a rectal examination after sustaining a head injury in an on-the-job accident.