Informed Consent in Africa

Nicholas A. Christakis, Renée C. Fox, Marleen Temmerman, Zbigniew Bankowski, Michèle Barry, Ruth R. Faden, Carel B. Ijsselmuiden

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To the Editor: IJsselmuiden and Faden (March 19 issue)1 describe a paper by one of us2 as implying that there is only one African culture and that that culture is static. The paper does not make these claims. Rather, the paper is premised on two basic sociological principles: first, although culture is multiform, peoples with common traditions in an area such as Central Africa share certain values, beliefs, symbols, and rituals of overriding importance,3 and second, although culture is plastic and variable, it does not change rapidly or rampantly. We therefore do not consider the data cited in the Christakis…

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1101-1103
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 1992
Externally publishedYes


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