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Awareness of the political abuse of psychiatry in relation to psychiatry and the law



Awareness of the political abuse of psychiatry in relation to psychiatry and the law



Ceskoslovenska Psychiatrie 91 Suppl: S32



The political abuse of psychiatry in the former USSR was enabled by: 1. a disproportionate pointing up of the medical criteria of mental disorder to the detriment of the social ones, above all by circumventing the sociological labelling process; 2. lack of control of involuntary psychiatric hospitalisation by the law; 3. an obsolete definition of psychiatry. The author suggests a definition of psychiatry taking into consideration both the above mentioned criteria and making the importance of the legal control of involuntary psychiatric hospitalisation more evident.

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