Medicine And Books

Treatment without Consent Law, Psychiatry and the Treatment of Mentally Disordered People since 1845

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 23 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:786
  1. Graham Thornicroft

    Phil Fennell Routledge, pounds sterling50, pp 356 ISBN 0 415 07787 7

    Far below the pragmatics of everyday clinical decisions lie usually unexplored strata containing legal, ethical, and cultural time bombs. Phil Fennell's fundamentally important book exhumes this conceptual underworld in relation to one issue central to mental health services: consent to treatment. Fennell, a senior lecturer at Cardiff Law School, deliberately digs deep into the past 150 years of English and North American psychiatric history. He recounts the changing use of physical treatments, and the associated Acts of Parliament, but more importantly he analyses the wider context in which different generations have understood the legitimate balance …

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