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Mental condition defences have been used in several high-profile and controversial criminal trials in recent years. indeed, mental abnormality is increasingly an important yet complex source of defence within the criminal trial process. The author offers a…

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Phil Fennell's tightly argued study traces the history of treatment of mental disorder in Britain over the last 150 years. He focuses specifically on treatment of mental disorder without consent within psychiatric practice, and on the legal position which has…

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This book is the formal presentation of the issues discussed at the Second National Conference on the Legal Rights of Citizens with Mental Retardation. A relationship between the community and its citizens with mental retardation is discussed extensively in the…

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In The Essentials of California Mental Health Low, Stephen H. Behnke, James J. Preis, and R. Todd Bates explain in a straightforward and user-friendly manner the laws most relevant to mental health practice in California. Both the format and content of this book…

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Forced hospitalization of people with mental disorders has long been a critical issue in the mental health services. Coercion and Aggressive Community Treatment is the first sustained description and analysis of what happens when `aggressive' treatment becomes…

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Engaging in sex, becoming parents, raising children: these are among the most personal decisions we make, and for people with mental retardation, these decisions are consistently challenged, regulated, and outlawed. This book is a comprehensive study of the…

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In The Essentials of Massachusetts Mental Health Law, Stephen H. Behnke and James T. Hilliord explain in a straightforward and user-friendly manner the laws most relevant to mental health practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Both the formal and content…

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Lawrie Reznek addresses these questions and more in his controversial investigation of the insanity defense in Evil or Ill ? Drawing from countless intriguing case examples, he aims to understand the concept of an excuse, and explains why the law excuses certain…

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Written for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other therapists, this book provides a quick resource for answers to legal issues in daily practice. A glossary of legal terms and a special section of 'Commonly Asked Questions' offers…

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This international handbook is the first to analyze mental health policies systematically across a variety of both developed and developing countries. Mental health and public policy experts survey current policies, the public policy process, and critical issues…

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Today, American mental health law and policy promote the restoring of "law and order" in the community rather than protecting civil liberties for the individual. This compelling book recounts how and why mental health law is being reshaped to safeguard society…