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Applied Ethics in Mental Health Care: An Interdisciplinary Reader

Dominic A. Sisti, Arthur L. Caplan, and Hila Rimon-Greenspan


This book discusses some of the most critical ethical issues in mental health care today, including the moral dimensions of addiction, patient autonomy and compulsory treatment, privacy and confidentiality, and the definition of mental illness itself. Although debates over these issues are ongoing, there are few comprehensive resources for addressing such dilemmas in the practice of psychology, psychiatry, social work, and other behavioral and mental health care professions. This book meets that need, providing foundational background for undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses. Topi ... More

Keywords: Ethics, Psychiatry, Psychology, Bioethics, Mental Illness

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780262019682
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019682.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic A. Sisti, editor

Arthur L. Caplan, editor

Hila Rimon-Greenspan, editor

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