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- Description'The author is keenly aware of the profound societal, ethical and philosophical issues that arise in and around the ' man's land' occupied by personality disordered individuals...this book, like the 'diagsis' of its essential character, has national boundaries. The subject-matter is representative of a clinical situation that could arise and has arisen in many jurisdictions. The 'bad or mad' conundrum confronts the very credibility of psychiatry and its kwledge base...the potential readership of this book has established parameters and will appeal to many. This book is highly recommended.' -Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology This book looks at what happened when the government of Victoria, Australia, enacted special legislation to detain one person with a severe antisocial personality disorder on the grounds of his presumed dangerousness, despite the fact that he did t fit within the ordinary criteria of mental illness or criminality. In doing so, it interfered with the law's protection of civil rights and also with professional distinctions between a certifiable mental illness and the broader concept of mental disorder. The ensuing legal processes highlighted the ambiguous, contingent and negotiable nature of the boundary between badness and madness. The issues raised by this case transcend a government's singular action, highlighting matters such as the duty of care in a forensic setting; diagstic uncertainties; debates about treatment; the responsibility of politicians to protect the community; and the difficulties inherent in translating clinical concepts into an acceptable legal format. Neither Bad Nor Mad analyses the interaction between psychiatry and the law in an absorbing account of one case with extensive ramifications.
- Author BiographyDeidre N. Greig is a Fellow in the Department of Criminology, University of Melbourne, and has a background in social work with a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science. Her teaching and research have focused particularly on issues surrounding the interaction of psychiatry and law, and she is a committee member and former president of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. Areas of special interest include the use of indefinite sentencing, the role of the psychiatric and legal professions, police interactions with the mentally ill, and the impact of private prisons.
- Author(s)Deidre N. Greig
- PublisherJessica Kingsley Publishers
- Date of Publication15/03/2002
- SubjectNational Law: Professional
- Series TitleForensic Focus
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 20
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintJessica Kingsley Publishers
- Content Notereferences, index
- Weight435 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine15 mm
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