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Rights of the Mentally Ill: The Gulf Between Theory and Reality
Alan Meisel
Psychiatric Services 1975; doi:
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Assistant Director Law and Psychiatry Program Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

1975 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Within the last few years several lawsuits have significantly increased both the procedural and the substantive rights of mental patients; among them are Lessard v. Schmidt, in which the court held that persons facing involuntary civil commitment are entitled to due-process safeguards, and Wyatt v. Stickney and Donaldson v. O'Connor, concerned with the right to adequate treatment. The author draws on the problems of implementing the landmark decree of Miranda v. Arizona, guaranteeing the rights of criminal suspects, in discussing the difficulties of translating rights promulgated in the courts Into reality. He believes that enforcement of patients' rights depends not on the law alone but also on the sensitivity and good faith of mental health workers.

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