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Mental Illness, Medicine and Law

1st Edition

Edited by Martin Lyon Levine


598 pages

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Hardback: 9780754621218
pub: 2009-01-14
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As new medical technologies and treatments develop with increasing momentum, the legal and ethical implications of medicine are being called into question as never before. Martin Levine's collection brings together the seminal papers written on the nexus between mental illness, its treatment and its relationship to the law. The volume also provides an informative introduction, summarizing the area and the relevance of the articles chosen.


'…an asset in any institutional library' Journal of Mental Health Law 'This tremendously important collection of international papers on the subject of mental illness, medicine and the law has never been so urgently needed.' Criminal Law News '…willl be a valuable resource in any mental health library, and a useful resource for students and clinicians from a range of disciplines.' Metapsychology Online Reviews

Table of Contents

Contents: Part I The Seriously Ill: Involuntary Short-Term Treatment: Ethical benefits and costs of coercion in short-term inpatient psychiatric care, Lars Kjellin, Kristina Andersson, Inga-Lill Candefjord, Tom Palmstierna and Tuula Wallstein; Involuntary outpatient commitment, Elyn R. Saks; Treatment Rights: Ethics in community mental health care. The legislative tenets of client’s right to treatment in the least restrictive environment and freedom from harm: Implications for care providers, Douglas A. Marty and Rosemary Chapin; Privacy in psychiatric treatment: threats and responses, Paul S. Applebaum; Patient Autonomy: The right to refuse mental health treatment: a therapeutic jurisprudence analysis, Bruce J. Winick; Advance directives in psychiatry resolving issues of autonomy and competence, Janet Ritchie, Ron Sklar and Warren Steiner; Advocacy: Protection and advocacy: an ethics practice in mental health, D.P.Olsen; Ethical conflicts at the interface of advocacy and psychiatry, Martin L. Levine and Martha Lyon-Levine; The Social Construction of Madness: Psychiatry and the control of dangerousness: on the apotropaic function of the term 'mental illness', Thomas Szasz; Dangerousness, mental disorder, and responsibility, J.R. McMillan; Sanism, social science, and the development of mental disability law jurisprudence, Michael L. Perlin and Deborah A. Dorfman; Deinstitutionalization: The success of deinstitutionalization: empirical findings from case studies on state hospital closures, Aileen B. Rothbard and Eri Kuno; Build a better state hospital: deinstitutionalization has failed, Alexander Gralnick; Keeping the mentally ill out of jail, Richard Lamb; Cross-Cultural Psychiatry: Depression, somatization and the 'new cross-cultural psychiatry', Arthur M. Kleinman; Mental health law and ethics in transition: a report from Japan, Paul S. Applebaum; Psychiatric diagnosis and racial bias: empirical and interpretative approaches, Roland Littlewood; Providing cultu

About the Editor

Martin Lyon Levine is the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Southern California, USA.

About the Series

The International Library of Medicine, Ethics and Law

The International Library of Medicine, Ethics and Law

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Comparative