Ethical Issues in Prison Psychiatry

  • Norbert Konrad
  • Birgit Völlm
  • David N. Weisstub

Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 46)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Norbert Konrad
      Pages 3-20
    3. Helmut Pollähne
      Pages 21-48
    4. Henry A. Dlugacz, Julie Y. Low, Christopher Wimmer, Lisa Knox
      Pages 49-75
    5. George B. Palermo
      Pages 77-101
    6. Julio Arboleda-Flórez, David N. Weisstub
      Pages 103-122
  3. Special Problems in Different Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Danny Sullivan
      Pages 125-143
    3. Paul Cosyns, Kris Goethals
      Pages 145-151
    4. Jose G. V. Taborda, Lisieux Elaine de Borba Telles, Helena Dias de Castro Bins
      Pages 153-161
    5. Marie-Hélène Régnier, Jean-Luc Dubreucq, Jean-Luc Dubreucq, Julie Duchaine, Jocelyn Aubut, Jocelyn Aubut
      Pages 163-180
    6. Norbert Konrad
      Pages 181-192
    7. Siva Nambi, Jagannathan Srinivasaraghavan
      Pages 193-207
    8. Jacob Margolin, Moshe Birger, Eliezer Witztum, Eliezer Witztum
      Pages 209-225
    9. E. D. M. Masthoff, B. H. (Erik) Bulten
      Pages 269-286
    10. Nicoleta Tătaru
      Pages 287-296
    11. Vita Poštuvan, Tanja Madjar
      Pages 297-314
    12. Luis Fernando Barrios-Flores, Francisco Torres-González
      Pages 315-331
    13. Orsolya Hoffmann, Lennart Mossberg
      Pages 333-356
    14. Marc Graf
      Pages 357-365
  4. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 413-413
    2. Norbert Konrad, Birgit Völlm, David N. Weisstub
      Pages 415-427
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 429-434

About this book


Recent surveys demonstrate a high and possibly increasing prevalence of mental disorders in prisoners. They have an increased risk of suffering from a mental disorder that transcends countries and diagnoses. Ethical dilemmas in prison psychiatry arise from resource allocation and include issues of patient choice and autonomy in an inherently coercive environment. Ethical conflicts may arise from the dual role of forensic psychiatrists giving raise to tensions between patient care/protection of the public.This book describes models and ethical issues of psychiatric healthcare in prison in several countries. Relevant issues are: the professional medical role of a psychiatrist and/or psychotherapist working in prison, the involvement of psychiatrists in disciplinary or coercive measures; consent to treatment, the use of coercion in forcing a prisoner to undergo treatment, hunger strike, confidentiality. The book ends with consensus guidelines concerning good practice in Prison Psychiatry.


Ethics Forensic Psyciatry Mental Disorders Prison Psychiatry Psychiatric Health Care

Editors and affiliations

  • Norbert Konrad
    • 1
  • Birgit Völlm
    • 2
  • David N. Weisstub
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Forensic Psychiatry Charité - University Medicine BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Section of Forensic Psychiatry, DivisionUniversity of Nottingham and Rampton HosNottinghamUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.University of Montreal Fac. MedicineMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-0085-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-0086-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8008
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