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Mental health law

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 26 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:857
  1. Martin S Humphreys,
  2. John R Geddes
  1. Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh EH10 5HF.

    Editor,--We were interested to read Nigel Eastman's comments on the possible lack of knowledge of mental health law among doctors1 and to learn that the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Department of Health are considering action to remedy the situation.2 The problem is not confined to a single jurisdiction. Recent work in Scotland has shown that junior psychiatrists at all stages of training have a patchy knowledge of the …

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