Competence and Other Legal Issues

  • C. V. Haldipur
  • Marilyn S. Ward
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


Sophocles, the great Greek poet and playwright, it is said, was brought into court in his dotage by his son and charged with being incompetent to manage his own affairs. The aged tragedian’s defense was to recite to the jurors passages from a play he had recently written. How could a man who could write such fine poetry not be competent? The case was dismissed, the complainant fined, and the poet triumphant (Hamilton, 1942).


Advance Directive Legal Issue Persistent Vegetative State Refuse Treatment Civil Commitment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. V. Haldipur
    • 1
  • Marilyn S. Ward
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryState University of New York Health Science CenterSyracuseUSA

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