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Men in white coats : treatment under coercion

Author: George Szmukler
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2018]. ©2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An accessible and timely resource on medical treatment under coercion and its justifications. Split into thirteen chapters, George Szmukler examines the current grounds for involuntary treatment of patients with mental disorders. He argues that the existing laws are both discriminatory and morally unacceptable, and that they should be replaced by an entirely different approach for over-riding treatment refusals.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Szmukler
ISBN: 9780198801047 0198801041
OCLC Number: 1016364319
Description: xxvi, 245 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Part I. The problem --
A practice with a very long history --
Some troubling observations about involuntary treatment --
The conventional grounds or involuntary treatment are highly problematic --
Challenges to the orthodoxy --
How mental health law discriminates against persons with mental illness --
Part II. A solution --
A law that does not discriminate against people with mental illness --
On being able to make decisions and making decisions for others --
A new United Nations 'disability' convention --
Part III. 'Coercion' viewed more broadly --
Treatment pressures and 'coercion' --
Can we reduce the need for coercive interventions? --
Part IV. How practice would change --
'Mental disorder' and public protection --
Emergencies, general medicine, 'community treatment orders' and 'psychiatric advance statements' --
Part V. The future --
Where does this take us?.
Responsibility: George Szmukler.

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Men in White Coats: Treatment under Coercion provides readers with a thought-provoking look into the involuntary treatment of mentally ill patients in psychiatric practice.  Read more...

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