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From Courtroom to Clinic
Legal Cases that Changed Mental Health Treatment


Susan Hatters Friedman, Deborah Giorgi-Guarnieri, Peter Ash, Alec Buchanan, Megan Testa, Debra A. Pinals, Richard Martinez, Jacob M. Appel, Phillip J. Resnick, Alan W. Newman
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  • Date Published: April 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108432658

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  • Why do present-day mental health professionals practice the way that they do? Over the past fifty years, a number of landmark court holdings have changed such basic principles as what material is confidential, how civil commitment and involuntary treatment are conducted, and when a therapist has a duty to protect the public from a dangerous patient. Unlike most legal texts, this volume explores these complex principles through the human stories of the litigants involved.

    • Brings human interest to what is otherwise rather dry legal reasoning
    • Helps mental health professionals understand why they practice the way that they do
    • Engaging reading that will appeal to educated lay persons
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This outstanding book reveals the personal stories behind the landmark cases that impact current psychiatric practice. The stories and analysis will help mental health professionals understand the background and rationale for the legal principles and laws that affect us and our patients. I enthusiastically recommend this well-written and extremely interesting book.' Renee Binder, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

    'From Courtroom to Clinic is a landmark work from the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry. This highly readable, well researched authoritative book presents the eleven most significant landmark court cases that have changed mental health law and shaped mental health practice in a compelling presentation of the human stories behind these cases.' David A. Adler, Tufts University School of Medicine, Massachusetts

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108432658
    • length: 182 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.26kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Raising American standards in the treatment of persons with mental illness Wyatt vs. Stickney (1972) Susan Hatters Friedman
    2. The limits of hospitalization after commitment O'Connor vs. Donaldson (1975) Deborah Giorgi-Guarnieri
    3. Who speaks for the children? Parham vs. J. L & J. R. (1979) Peter Ash
    4. The right to refuse treatment Rogers vs. Commissioner of Department of Mental Health (1983) Alec Buchanan
    5. The least restrictive alternative Olmstead vs. L. C. & E. W. (1999) Megan Testa
    6. Informed consent Canterbury vs. Spence (1972) Debra A. Pinals
    7. End of life decision making Cruzan vs. Director, Missouri Department of Health (1990) Richard Martinez
    8. Prohibiting psychiatrist-patient sex Roy vs. Hartogs (1976) Jacob M. Appel
    9. Psychotherapist-patient privilege Jaffee vs. Redmond (1996) Jacob M. Appel
    10. Protecting others from dangerous patients Tarasoff vs. Regents of the University of California (1976) Phillip J. Resnick
    11. The insanity defense US vs. Hinckley (1982) Alan W. Newman

  • Editor

    Peter Ash, Emory University, Atlanta
    Peter Ash, M.D., is a forensic child and adolescent psychiatrist and a Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University, Atlanta, where he directs the Psychiatry and Law Service. He is also a past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association.


    Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Committee on Psychiatry and the Law


    Susan Hatters Friedman, Deborah Giorgi-Guarnieri, Peter Ash, Alec Buchanan, Megan Testa, Debra A. Pinals, Richard Martinez, Jacob M. Appel, Phillip J. Resnick, Alan W. Newman

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