Voluntary Chemical Castration of a Mental Patient
Lancet. 1988 Jun 4; 1(8597): 1291-1292.
Britain's High Court recently overruled two decisions of the Mental Health Act Commission that denied certification of a voluntary experimental drug treatment to a mental patient, holding that the standard for informed consent is determined not by the subjective judgment of the commissioners but by whether the patient knows the nature and likely effects of treatment and that its use in his case is a novel one. The background facts of the case involving a 27-year-old pedophile receiving goserelin implantations to reduce testosterone levels are presented and the issues of jurisdiction under the Mental Health Act 1983 and the commissioners' duty to act fairly and to consider the likely benefits of treatment are discussed. (KIE abstract)
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Brahams, Diana (1985-10-05)Section 139 of Great Britain's 1983 Mental Health Act makes the courts more accessible to patients with complaints regarding alleged negligence and wrongful detention than did the 1959 Act. The test for whether criminal ...