Ethics in Psychiatry

  • Hanfried Helmchen
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Good relationships among people have been stabilized by traditional customs and normative rules that have emerged over long time periods and have been acquired during individual development. These customs were originally supported by religious funding; today however they are mainly based on law and social context. Reflecting on customs and morals, on their rational justification, and on analysis of their problem-related impact is the object of ethics. Ethics in psychiatry deals with the reflection on how general moral norms are applied to specific psychiatric situations,


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry & PsychotherapyCharité – University Medicine Berlin, CBFBerlinGermany

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