It's Sunday night, so I'm hopeful that our new president is watching TV and not signing any new executive orders that re-shape our democracy. Seems like a good time to tell readers a little more about Committed, and what better way then by posting the Table of Contents? Each chapter focuses on a story, and the tales of the two patients weave their way throughout the discussion of a variety of issues. Okay, so the topics might be boring to everyone but the most interested of readers, but we hoped that by focusing on people, that it would make this important and controversial topic more approachable. Psychiatry? Yes, but perhaps more so ethics and patient rights.
In a review in Psychiatric Times last week, Dr. Mark Komrad wrote:
Drs. Dinah Miller and Annette Hanson, both seasoned clinicians who have worked in a diverse range of settings, have produced one of the most important and readable contributions to this discussion that I have encountered. This is actually a book on psychiatric ethics, but it is presented in a disarming, journalistic style. The ethical tensions with which this issue is loaded are unpacked in a clear, accessible way, articulating not just the questions, but also offering sensible and realistic conclusions.
Ah, but I promised the Table of Contents, so if you'll forgive the funky colors, pasted below:
Part 1 THE PATIENTS