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Decisions and Dilemmas: Working with Mental Health Law

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Jill PeayLaw Department, London School of Economics and Political Science

ISBN13: 9781841133430
ISBN: 1841133434
Published: June 2003
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £32.00

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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, aids a better understanding of the dilemmas posed.

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Medical Law
1. Robert Draper: A Case for Admission?
2. Clive Wright: A Case for Discharge?
3. Hazel Robinson: A Case for Compulsory Treatment?
4. Decision-making Research: Context and Content
5. Legal and Policy Context
6. Conclusions