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The Expansion of Psychiatric Participation in Social Control
Gregory B. Leong
Psychiatric Services 1989; doi:
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The author thanks Nancy I. Hornstein, M.D., and Mark J. Mills, J.D., M.D., for their comments.

School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, The West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center, Mental Health Clinic (B116 A12), VA Medical Center, 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90073

1989 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Dr. Eth's Introduction: Psychiatrists are increasingly being called on to serve as agents of social control and to petform functions that extend beyond direct treatment, such as exercising police power in civil commitment. These functions often genenste considerable criticism from both within and without the mental bealtb professions and raise questions about the appropriate responsibilities of the clinician toward patients and the community. This month's column explores the ethical dimensions of psychiatry's ever-expanding role in social control.

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