ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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'Hands on Learning' in Medicine: Who Benefits?

Patients who access the teaching hospitals are often examined by more than one doctor - usually a group of medical students who learn on the patient. This raises serious issues about taking consent, the patients' agency and ethics in practice. It is explained away, however, on the grounds that since these patients get subsidised/free treatment, they should shoulder the responsibility of letting doctors learn on their bodies. But do these patients have no rights to demand or deny anything? How can the situation be addressed, given that doctors really need to learn?

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