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December 18, 1991

Psychiatric Ethics

Author Affiliations

The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia

JAMA. 1991;266(23):3350. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470230110044

When I reviewed the first edition of Psychiatric Ethics for JAMA a decade ago, I referred to it as "a most important book in psychiatry" and recommended it be read by every serious student of the field "wishing to provide the highest quality of care within the highest principles of medical ethics."

I am pleased to note that the second edition is an even finer compilation of readings in psychiatric ethics. The book has grown from 365 to 556 pages and has added six new chapters. In addition to the original series of excellent presentations, the second edition has added the chapters "Psychiatry as a Profession," "The Concept of Disease" (which should be of interest to all physicians), "The Ethics of Deinstitutionalization," "Ethics and Psychogeriatrics," "Psychiatry in the Nazi Era," and "Ethical Issues in the Delivery of Mental Health Services: Abuses in Japan."

Structurally, the original chapters have been left