Mental Health Legislation: An Unavoidable Necessity or a Harmful Anachronism/Commentary: Mental Health Legislation Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The article addresses the need for specific legislation in mental health, as opposed to other areas of medicine. Issues discussed include: patients' autonomy versus society's safety, insanity and its legal implications, compulsory modes of treatment in psychiatry, dangerousness and violence of psychiatric patients, the price and shortcomings of specific legislation in mental health, and the Israeli legal procedures for the treatment of mentally ill patients. The authors favor specific legislation in mental health, while supporting the need for proper checks and balances.

publication date

  • July 1, 2006