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Advanced Introduction to Mental Health Law

Michael L. Perlin

Written by esteemed legal scholar Michael L. Perlin, this indispensable Advanced Introduction examines the long-standing but ever-dynamic relationship between law and mental health. The author discusses and contextualises how the law, primarily in the United States but also in other countries, treats mental health, intellectual disabilities, and mental incapacity, giving examples of how issues such as the rights of patients, the death penalty and the insanity defense permeate constitutional, civil, and criminal matters, and indeed the general practice of law.


HB: 9781789903904
PB: 9781789903928
EISBN: 9781789903911

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Acclaim for Advanced Introduction to Mental Health Law:

‘Michael Perlin is widely acknowledged as one of the leading voices in mental disability law, with an unequalled breadth of understanding. That breadth is on full display in his latest book, which spans civil and criminal law, as well as international law. Perlin’s unique lens on the theory and practice of mental health law is on full display in this work, which powerfully summarizes a lifetime of work in the field of mental health law.’

– Susan Stefan, Committee for Public Counsel Service, Massachusetts, US


‘Inspired by Professor Perlin’s vital contributions to mental health law over the decades to such questions as what is the line between “sanity” and “sanism” the book is both timeless and timely and of both very special and very general interest.'

– Harold J. Bursztajn, Harvard Medical School, US