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High Court detains girl with anorexia

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 22 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:845
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. legal correspondent, BMJ

    A 16 year old British girl with anorexia nervosa has been ordered by the High Court to be detained against her will, by force if necessary, for the purpose of treating her eating disorder.

    The case breaks new ground with the decision for the first time that the High Court can order detention of a child under the age of 18 years for the purposes of medical treatment under its inherent jurisdiction over the welfare of children.

    The judge, Mr Justice Wall, delivered his judgment in …

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