Jerry Canterbury, 78 years old

May 18, 2017

In March of this year, a ground-breaker in the realm of tort law passed away. Jerry Canterbury, 78 years old, died in March of this year, 45 years after his groundbreaking case led to increased protection for medical patients, by creating the requirement of informed consent.

Because of his case, patients now must be told, not only about the anticipated benefits of a proposed operation, but also about the risks, and the alternatives. Medical care has improved because of the courage he showed in persisting in his lawsuit.

Visitors to the Museum can learn more bout his case in our exhibit dedicated to it.

His obituary may be found in the New York Times for May 16, 2017, and online at