Psychiatry, Human Rights and the Law

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-04
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This thought-provoking volume is based on papers given by practising and academic lawyers, judges, psychiatrists, forensic experts and sociologists to a recent conference in Cambridge. The contributors consider possible approaches towards the resolution of the main dilemmas that face psychiatry, society and the law, and towards healing the rifts that have developed between the different professions concerned with the mentally ill. They also consider the best means of promoting more humane, successful and socially efficient services.

Table of Contents

The historical background: the past 25 years since the Mental Health Act of 1959
The social and medical consequences of recent legal reforms of mental health law in the USA
The recent Mental Health Act in the United Kingdom
Medical and social consequences of the Italian Psychiatric Care Act of 1978
Lessons for the future drawn from United States legislation and experience
Recent developments in relation to mental health and the law in the Federal Republic of Germany
Psychopathy and dangerousness
Dangerousness in social perspective
Psychiatric explanations as excuses
Detention of patients: administrative problems facing Mental Health Review Tribunals
Developments in forensic psychiatry services in the National Health Service
The role of psychiatry in prisons and 'the right to punishment
Human rights in mental health
Changes ion mental health legislation as indicators of changing values and policies
The Danish experience: one model of psychiatric testimony to courts of law
A postscript on the discussions at the Cambridge Conference on Society, Psychiatry and the Law
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