Decisions and Dilemmas: Working with Mental Health Law

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Hart, 2003 - Law - 217 pages
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In the field of mental health law, we entrust decisions with consequences of the utmost gravity - decisions about compulsory medical treatment and the loss of liberty - to doctors and approved social workers. Yet, how do these non-lawyers make decisions where the legitimacy of those decisions derives from law? This book examines the practical, ethical and legal terrain of duo-disciplinary decision-making: given identical cases, what dilemmas do psychiatrists and approved social workers encounter, do they reach the same or similar decisions and, most critically, how are those decisions justified? At a time of ferment in mental health law, this book, through its narrative format, provides a better understanding of the dilemmas posed.

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Contents

A Case for Discharge?
49
A Case for Compulsory Treatment?
81
Context and Content
117
Copyright

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Jill Peay is a Reader in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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