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Psychiatric treatment. General implications and lessons from recent court decisions in California.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  664647     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The California legislature enacted tight constraints on the use of psychosurgery and electroconvulsive therapy in 1974. In April 1976 a State Court of Appeals declared part of the law to be unconstitutional. In doing so, the court enunciated several principles for regulating medical procedures. It affirmed the inherent police powers which permit the state to safeguard the public, especially incompetent, involuntary or confined persons, with respect to intrusive and hazardous medical procedures and to procedures which affect thought or feeling. Although limited to legislation concerning two psychiatric procedures, the court's decision, and subsequently enacted legislation governing these procedures, has implications for other medical procedures and for other parts of the nation.
E Rudin; R Zimmerman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Western journal of medicine     Volume:  128     ISSN:  0093-0415     ISO Abbreviation:  West. J. Med.     Publication Date:  1978 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1978-08-14     Completed Date:  1978-08-14     Revised Date:  2008-11-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410504     Medline TA:  West J Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  459-66     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Electroconvulsive Therapy
Legislation, Medical*
Middle Aged
Patient Advocacy
Risk Assessment

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