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<b> <i>Eating or Treating? Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Eating Disorders</i> </b>

Simona Giordano

in Understanding Eating Disorders

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199269747
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603129 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199269742.003.0012

Series: Issues in Biomedical Ethics

  Eating or Treating? Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Eating Disorders

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This chapter presents UK legislation concerning people with mental disorders. It provides an account of both Statute and Case Law, and It explains issues such as competence and coercive treatment in cases of mental disorders. It then focuses on the particular case of eating disorders, and looks at issues of competence to refuse treatment for eating disorders and legislation relating to force-feeding. The legal account is accompanied by a punctual philosophical and ethical critique of UK jurisdiction. It suggests that the Mental Health Act should be abolished.

Keywords: coercive hospitalization; treatment; competence; English law; treatment refusal; Mental Health Act 1983; force feeding; ethical considerations

Chapter.  14673 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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