n South African Psychiatry Review - The nature and scope of psychiatric ethics : review article




Both the professional code of conduct required in the practice of psychiatry, and the broader set of moral and ethical problems distinctive to, or at least magnified by, the mental health care setting are reviewed here. Some perennial aspects of mental disorder and its cultural history are introduced, together with problems resultant from recent scientific advances and policy changes. Psychiatric patients' vulnerability to stigma and discrimination will likely persist, it is noted, even when science demystifies mental disorder, and nothing short of the elimination of mental disorder will obviate the need for a serious and sustained attention to ethical issues in psychiatry.


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