Mental Disorder and Legal Control

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The 1983 Mental Health Act in England and Wales introduced far-reaching changes in the control of mentally disordered people and this series of essays describes various features of that Act. The book is divided into three main sections, which discuss the admission of mentally ill patients, their control in hospital and community and their rights. The concluding essay points out that the act is a piece of reforming legislation and not a radical one, but it is also innovative. Although the discussion is based on ...

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Overview

The 1983 Mental Health Act in England and Wales introduced far-reaching changes in the control of mentally disordered people and this series of essays describes various features of that Act. The book is divided into three main sections, which discuss the admission of mentally ill patients, their control in hospital and community and their rights. The concluding essay points out that the act is a piece of reforming legislation and not a radical one, but it is also innovative. Although the discussion is based on the provisions of the 1983 Mental Health Act in England and Wales, the topics covered are of international importance and the interest in the book will be correspondingly wide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521102865
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/12/2009
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Mental Health legislation; Part I. The admission of patients to mental hospitals: 2. Social workers and applications; 3. Medical recommendations and compulsory admissions; 4. Detention of the mentally disordered in the community; Part II. Control of patients in the hospital and community: 5. Guardianship and control in the community; 6. The mentally disordered offender and professional dominance; 7. The discharge of patients from institutions; Part III. Patients' rights: 8. Consent and treatment; 9. Mental patients' rights and legal redress; 10. The effectiveness of legal rights; Part IV. Conclusion: 11. Assessment and conclusion; Notes; Index.

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