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Commentary: the risks of enforcing clozapine therapy

  • Thomas R. E. Barnes (a1)
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Pereira et al's paper (1999, this issue) is to be welcomed in that it highlights an area of clinical decision that requires a careful balance of short- and long-term risks and benefits in the individual patient. In this (necessarily) brief commentary I will concentrate on this aspect, and leave aside any ethical and medico-legal considerations.

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Barnes, T. R. E., McEvedy, C. J. B. & Nelson, H. E. (1996) Management of treatment resistant schizophrenia unresponsive to clozapine. British Journal of Psychiatry, 169 (suppl. 31), 31 40.
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BJPsych Bulletin
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Commentary: the risks of enforcing clozapine therapy

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