Schizophrenia pp 197-205 | Cite as

The Clinical-Legal Interface in Schizophrenia

  • John S. Strauss
  • William T. CarpenterJr.
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


Administrative, legislative, and judicial considerations are increasingly affecting clinical care and research. Policies, laws, and judgments (and even the threat of future actions) now influence treatment and investigations involving schizophrenic patients. This review is not comprehensive, nor are the conclusions necessarily legally elegant. Rather, we express a point of view on several issues of concern to the clinician and investigator, issues in which the clinician’s vantage as care-giving expert and patient advocate is underrepresented in public deliberations attempting to provide safeguards against very real problems.


Schizophrenic Patient Informed Consent Process Psychotic Patient Psychotic Experience Restrictive Environment 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • John S. Strauss
    • 1
  • William T. CarpenterJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Maryland Psychiatric Research CenterUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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