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A Journal on Forensic Medicine
Minerva Medicolegale 2005 June;125(2):31-44
Professional responsability in psychiatry: medico-legal aspects
The duty of information (for the psychiatrist) and the right to consent (for the mental patient) are 2 fundamental principles which manage every medical action, as well as in compulsory treatment of mental disease. The author points out the problems and discussions about the physical constriction, the electroshock therapy and the damages due to an unappropriate clinical evaluation of the mental patient The professional responsibility of the psychiatrist is examined within a very general framework of deontological problems concerning the complete physical examination of the mental patient, the prescription and administration of psychodrugs (also in the children and pregnant women) and psychotherapy.