Year: 1977 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.134, no.3, (March 1977), p.293-295 SIEC No: 19842128

The author describes a case in which a severely depressed suicidal patient was treated with ECT despite her refusal to grant permission while involuntary commitment procedures were pending. He discusses the professional dilemmas caused by new & sometimes conflicting, legal principles such as the right to treatment & the right to refuse treatment & suggests that psychiatrists work to clarify these principles while safeguarding themselves with the aid of appropriate legal counsel.