Mental Illness: Law and Public Policy

  • Baruch A. Brody
  • H. Tristram EngelhardtJr

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Concept of Mental Illness and the Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael S. Moore
      Pages 25-69
  3. Criminal and Civil Liability of the Mentally Ill

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Jerome Neu
      Pages 73-105
  4. Involuntary Civil Commitment of the Mentally Ill

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
  5. Thomas Szasz’s Proposals: A Reconstruction and Defense

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
  6. Critical Commentaries

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 249-255

About this book


This volume developed from and around a series of six lectures sponsored by Rice University and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in the Fall of 1976. Though these lectures on the concepts of mental health, mental illness and personal responsibility, and the social treatment of the mentally ill were given to general audiences in Houston and Galveston, they were revised and expanded to produce six extensive formal essays by Dan Brock, Jules Coleman, Joseph Margolis, Michael Moore, Jerome Neu, and Rolf Sartorius. The five remaining contributions by Daniel Creson, Corinna Delkeskamp, Edmund Erde, James Speer, and Stephen Wear were in various ways engendered by the debates occasioned by the original six lectures. In fact, the majority of the last five contributions emerged from informal dis· cussions occasioned by the original lecture series. The result is an interlocking set of essays that address the law and public policy insofar as they bear on the treatment of the mentally ill, special atten· tion being given to the defmition of mental illness, generally and in the law, to the issues of the bearing of mental incompetence in cases of criminal and civil liability, and to the issue of involuntary commitment for the purpose of treatment or for institutional care. There is as well a critical defense of Thomas Szasz's radical proposal that mental illnesses are best understood as problems in living, not as diseases.


diseases ethics gender health issue morality

Editors and affiliations

  • Baruch A. Brody
    • 1
  • H. Tristram EngelhardtJr
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of PhilosophyRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Kennedy Institute of EthicsGeorgetown UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8974-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8972-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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