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March 5, 1982

Psychiatric Ethics

Author Affiliations

The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Villanova University School of Law Villanova, Pa


edited by Sidney Bloch and Paul Chodoff, 365 pp, $29.50, New York, Oxford University Press, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;247(9):1349. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320340095058

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An important book in psychiatry has been edited by two prominent psychiatrists, both of whom have written extensively in the field of medical ethics. Sidney Bloch, an English psychiatrist, is an expert on ethical and political psychiatry in Russia and on psychiatric terrorism. Paul Chodoff, an eminent Washington psychiatrist, has been concerned about international psychiatric practice and has included in this book of readings on psychiatric ethics a modification of his chapter entitled "Responsibility of the Psychiatrist to his Society," which earlier appeared in the collection on psychiatric ethics by the American College of Psychiatrists, entitled Law and Ethics in the Practice of Psychiatry.

Psychiatric Ethics is a collection of 18 chapters written by an impressive group of international scholars and practitioners of psychiatry. The chapters include historical, philosophical, and social aspects as well as the ethics of psychotherapy, drug treatment, sex therapy, suicide, involuntary hospitalization, child psychiatry, forensic psychiatry,