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Who decides on treatment for mental illness?

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 22 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a899
  1. Sahoo Saddichha, senior consultant (WHO-BGI)
  1. 1Kolkata, India
  1. saddichha{at}

    Owen et al have again stoked the controversy of who decides whether a person with mental illness should be treated.1 On the basis of rights of the mentally ill, every person should be able to refuse treatment. But mental …

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