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This introductory chapter begins with a brief explanation of the impetus behind the book as well as its objectives. It then discusses the history of consent and the challenges for informed consent. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.
Published as a book chapter in: The Limits of Consent: A Socio-ethical Approach to Human Subject Research in Medicine. Oonagh Corrigan, John McMillan, Kathleen Liddell, Martin Richards, and Charles Weijer. (Eds.).