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when did the law change married woman to have surgery

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when did the law change married woman to have surgery without her husbands permission.
My grandmother was unable to have a much needed hysterectomy because her husband refused to sign the consent papers. Approx 1930's - 40's
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This was in fact the practice of the medical profession right up to the 1960s and the latst reference to a husband's consent being required hysterectomy I have found in the British Medical Journal in 1972.
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