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Books, Journals, New Media
August 6, 2003

Mental Illness, Rights

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(5):674-675. doi:10.1001/jama.290.5.674-a

In her introduction, Elyn Saks, Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law and Psychiatry at University of Southern California, lays out a guiding principle:

Throughout—so as to not contribute to marginalization and stigmatization—I ask whether the mentally ill should be treated differently in these matters (forced treatment) than the non-mentally ill, and if so, why. I recommend standards that should apply, when relevant conditions are met, to the non-ill as much as the ill.

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