Psychiatry and Prisoners: An Ethical Negligence?
Mohamed Hatta S., (2000) Psychiatry and Prisoners: An Ethical Negligence? Malaysian Journal of Psychiatry, 8 (1). pp. 1-4. ISSN 0128-8628
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Medicine. Dept. of Psychiatry
Ethics is a discipline concerned with understanding the right-making and wrong-making characteristics of actions. Practitioners who analyze the ethicaldimensions of human thought and interaction must examine deeply heldbeliefs derived from personal experience concerning right and wrong, culturalmores founded on the conventions of tradition, values received from andembodied in decisions of courts and legislatures, historical conventions developed by health care professions over time and embodied In documentssuch as codes and scholarly works on ethics. The psychiatric patient inprisoners or among prisoners Is easily forgotten and neglected by the public.Among the traits of a successful society would be the way it treats its prisonerswho are mentally ill. Although in principle, psychotic patients who have committed a crime must not be incarcerated in prisons, there is an unknownpercentage of prisoners who develop various types of non-psychotic psychiatric disorders while in prison.
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