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Understanding Eating DisordersConceptual and Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa$
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Simona Giordano

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269747

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199269742.001.0001

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Eating or Treating? Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Eating Disorders

Eating or Treating? Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Eating Disorders

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(p.179) 11 Eating or Treating? Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Eating Disorders
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Understanding Eating Disorders
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Simona Giordano (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199269742.003.0012

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

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