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Refusing Care: Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill

Elyn R. Saks


It has been said that how a society treats its least well-off members speaks volumes about its humanity. If so, treatment of the mentally ill suggests that American society is inhumane: swinging between overintervention and utter neglect, we sometimes force extreme treatments on those who do not want them, and at other times discharge mentally ill patients who do want treatment without providing adequate resources for their care in the community. Focusing on overinterventionist approaches, this book explores when, if ever, the mentally ill should be treated against their will. Basing the analy ... More

Keywords: mental illness, United States, overintervention, neglect, civil commitment, medication, seclusion, restraint, autonomy, paternalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226733975
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226733999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elyn R. Saks, author