Focusing on overinterventionist approaches refusing care explores when if ever the mentally ill should be treated against their will basing her analysis on case and empirical studies elyn r saks explores dilemmas raised by forced treatment in three contexts civil commitment forced hospitalization for noncriminals medication and . In refusing care forced treatment and the rights of the mentally ill elyn r saks is a wise literate and sympathetic narrator whose voice is honed by a professional life spent in mental health law as a legal advocate for the mentally ill as a volunteer at a psychiatric hospital as a therapist and as a teacher she says. Download citation on researchgate refusing care forced treatment and the rights of the mentally ill it has been said that how a society treats its least well off members speaks volumes about . Her recent research focused on ethical dimensions of psychiatric research and forced treatment of the mentally ill she teaches mental health law mental health law and the criminal justice system and advanced family law the rights and interests of children. Mental health professionals lawyers disability rights activists and anyone who wants to learn more about the way the mentally ill are treated and ought to be treated in the united states should read refusing care
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