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Mental Illness

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Tom CampbellAustralian National University, Canberra, Australia, Christopher HeginbothamThe King's Fund College, London

ISBN13: 9781855210288
ISBN: 1855210282
Published: April 1991
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



The authors of this book point out that to discriminate is to disfavour a person or group on grounds which are irrelevant to the matter in hand in ways which manifest unreasonable disvaluation of the type of person involved. Those who are labelled ""mentally ill"" experience systematic discrimination in a number of areas including healthcare, personal liberty, civil rights, employment and education. The book develops a conceptual framework centring on the rights and interests of the ""mentally ill"" and articulates a non-discriminatory approach to the allocation of benefits and burdens as it affects this group. Areas covered include an analysis of the nature of mental illness, the rights and duties associated with such illness, a critique of mental health legislation and the development of proposals for affirmative action to benefit the mentally ill in areas such as employment and education.

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Subjects:
Medical Law
Contents:
Mental illness discrimination; political and legal discrimination; societal discrimination; conclusions.