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Overview: Current Trends in Mental Health Law
A. LOUIS MCGARRY; HONORA A. KAPLAN
Am J Psychiatry 1973;130:621-630.
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Lecturer on Psychiatry, Laboratory of Community Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, 58 Fenwood Rd., Boston, Mass. 02115 and State Director of Legal Medicine, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Boston, Mass.

Associate in Psychiatry (Law), Laboratory of Community Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, 58 Fenwood Rd., Boston, Mass. 02115

1973, The American Psychiatric Association

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This overview delineates trends in mental health law beginning with early law and proceeding to the present time. The authors discuss such recent mental-health-related judicial decisions and statutory changes as class actions, the right to treatment, admission statuses, classification of mentally ill and mentally retarded patients, involuntary commitment, and patient rights.

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