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PHL383H1 S ETHICSAND MENTALHEALTH SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS To begin, there are exactly two useful Journals that I know of (although relevant articles can be found in other academic publications, as well). These are Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology and the Journal of Ethics and Mental Health. The latter is an on-line publication of Canadian provenance. Both are fairly new series. There are also exactly two useful anthologies, both published by Oxford, both by the same editors, but otherwise importantly different. The one most interesting to a philosopher is An Anthology of Psychiatric Ethics, Stephen A. Green and Sidney Bloch (eds.), Oxford U. Press, 2006. It is immense and comprehensive, but hard to read given its giant page format, double columns and tiny type. The one most interesting to a th clinician is Psychiatric Ethics (4 ed.), Edited by Sidney Bloch and StephenA. Green, Oxford, 2009. While these two are so easily confused that one was sent instead of the other to fill a textbook order once, and while there is some overlap of outlook and content, the first includes papers that raise philosophic issues and engage in debate, while the second contains articles that refer to the debates and attempt to find applications. Other, older anthologies also exist, but should be treated as supplementary resources. There is one important source for the law in th Ontario, Richard Schneider’s Annotated Ontario Mental Health Statutes (4 ed.), Toronto: Irwin Law, 2007. While it covers all the important legislation with clause-by-clause discussion and case references, it does not present the Ontario Mental HealthAct, or any of the associated acts as stand-alone texts. Thus one can see the trees quite well, but can have trouble finding the forest. Download a copy of the Ontario Mental HealthAct in its latest incarnation if you want to get an overview for your work. Relevant monographs are legion, but highly various in character. Some are primarily historical, and reveal the shifting sands of definition and treatment of mental illnesses. I would include writings by Edward Shorter in this category, and anything byAndrew Scull. Also important are works by Michel Foucault, particularly the massive History of Madness, first published in the early 1960s, and still highly influential. Several works by Ian Hacking are also important, and I would include his Mad Travelers and Rewriting the Soul as useful, but so are a number of articles, such as “Making up People,” reprinted in Historical Ontology and “Madness: Biological or Constructed” in The Social Construction of What. One should also not forget the major polemics by Thomas Szaz (e.g., The Myth of Mental Illness) and R.D. Laing and associates. For the most part these works discuss issues connected to the existence and status of mental disorders, still the initial question for any ethics of the mental health disciplines. Other issues in the field can be assisted by the vast literature on the mental/physical relation, the huge literature on responsibility both as understood by philosophers and by legal theorists, work on intentionality and rationality, on personality, and even on the scientific status of the various theoretical underpinnings of methods of treatment. Among the authors on whom Gordon Graham draws are Daniel Dennett, Fred Dretske, John Searle, Paul Thagard and Daniel Velleman. The psychiatric survivors’movement makes a number of moral claims against the actual practices of the discipline from the point of view of those subjected to treatment. Any work by Pat Capponi should provide a vigorous statement of the issues. There is also a Recovery Movement among treatment recipients and caregivers. Its importance is represented by the presence ofAbraham Rudnick’s collection on the required reading list. This movement reconceives many of the aims of mental health care, has grown appreciably since the 1980s, and comes in several varieties. Its local incarnation is concisely represented in Jennifer Poole, Behind the Rhetoric; Mental Health Recovery in Ontario, Halifax: Fernwood, 2011. For those wishing to consider how the medical profession actually considers mental disorders, and classifies them, the essential place is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (
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