In refusing care forced treatment and the rights of the mentally ill elyn r saks is a wise literate and sympathetic narrator whose voice is honed by a professional life spent in mental health law as a legal advocate for the mentally ill as a volunteer at a psychiatric hospital as a therapist and as a teacher she says. In refusing care forced treatment and the rights of the mentally ill elyn r saks a professor of law and psychiatry at university of southern california law school writes about the overinterventionalism of treatment fueled by paternalistic tendencies in mental health practice saks who professes to have volunteered on a psychiatric ward addresses three types of forced treatment . The book refusing care forced treatment and the rights of the mentally ill elyn r saks is published by university of chicago press. If so treatment of the mentally ill suggests that american society is inhumane swinging between overintervention and utter neglect we sometimes force extreme treatments on those who do not want them and at other times discharge mentally ill patients who do want treatment without providing adequate resources for their care in the community
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