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The Right to Refuse Medication: When Can I Just Say No?

in Refusing Care: Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226733975
eISBN:
9780226733999
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226733999.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Medical Law

Psychotropic medications have revolutionized the treatment of the major mental illnesses. There are drugs for psychoses (antipsychotics), manic-depressive disorder (mood stabilizers), depression ... More


Eating Drugs: Psychopharmaceutical Pluralism in India

Stefan Ecks

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814724767
eISBN:
9780814760307
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814724767.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

A Hindu monk in Calcutta refuses to take his psychotropic medications. His psychiatrist explains that just as his body needs food, the drugs are nutrition for his starved mind. Does it matter how—or ... More


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