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Refusing treatment for mental illness: historical and ethical dimensions
Am J Psychiatry 1980;137:329-331.
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The author summarizes the historical bases for overzealous intervention by physicians, noting the tensions among medical technology, nature as a healing force, and the physician's warrant to treat. He discusses John Mill's On Liberty and Gerald Dworkin's "Paternalism" and suggests that there are times when the intervention should be withheld, but never the care.

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