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Letters Mental capacity

Autonomy or life saving treatment for the mentally vulnerable?

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 28 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4400
  1. Fareed A Bashir, consultant forensic psychiatrist,
  2. Mike Crawford, consultant forensic psychiatrist
  1. 1Edenfield Centre, Prestwich Hospital, Manchester M25 3BL
  1. fareed.bashir{at}

    McLean is correct to suggest that “even the presence of mental illness” is not a bar to the presumption of mental capacity.1 But she fails to mention that depression and emotionally unstable personality disorder are mental disorders, which often impair a person’s cognition and …

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