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Querulous behaviour: vexatious litigation, abnormally persistent complaining and petitioning

Paul E. Mullen

in New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696758
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0264
Querulous behaviour: vexatious litigation, abnormally persistent complaining and petitioning

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The querulant pursue their vision of justice through litigation in the court, through petitions to the powerful, and finally through the various agencies of accountability. In practice all three avenues are often explored. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century it was the civil courts in which these dramas were usually played out. Today the main burden falls on the complaints organizations. After a brief historical overview, this chapter addresses clinical features, clinical assessment, and management.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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