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The insanity offense : how America's failure to treat the seriously mentally ill endangers its citizens, by E. Fuller Torrey

Label
The insanity offense : how America's failure to treat the seriously mentally ill endangers its citizens
Title
The insanity offense
Title remainder
how America's failure to treat the seriously mentally ill endangers its citizens
Statement of responsibility
by E. Fuller Torrey
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Beginning in the 1960s in the United States, scores of patients with severe psychiatric disorders were discharged from public mental hospitals. At the same time, activists forced changes in commitment laws that made it impossible to treat half of the patients that left the hospital. The combined effect was profoundly destructive. Today, among homeless persons, at least one-third are severely mentally ill; among the incarcerated, at least one-tenth. Of those individuals living in our communities, many are the victims of violent crime. Other untreated individuals commit crimes, including murder and assault. Here, advocate Torrey takes full stock of this phenomenon, exploring the causes and consequences as he weaves together narratives of individual tragedies in three states with sobering national data on our failure to treat the mentally ill. In the book's final chapters, Torrey outlines what needs to be done to reverse this ongoing--and accelerating--disaster"--From publisher description
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1937-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Torrey, E. Fuller
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mental health services
  • Mentally ill
  • Mentally ill
  • Dangerously mentally ill
  • Mental health laws
  • Mentally Ill Persons
  • Dangerous Behavior
  • Mental Health Services
  • Deinstitutionalization
  • Commitment of Mentally Ill
Label
The insanity offense : how America's failure to treat the seriously mentally ill endangers its citizens, by E. Fuller Torrey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction : the origins of a disaster -- Death by the roadside -- Thirteen murders to prevent an earthquake -- "The odds are still in society's favor" -- The killing of three devils -- The sad legacy of Ms. Lessard -- God does not take medication -- The consequences of unconstrained civil liberties : homeless, incarcerated, and victimized -- The consequences of unconstrained civil liberties : violent and homicidal -- An imperative for change -- Fixing the system -- Coda : death by the roadside -- Epilogue : tragedy in Tucson
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xvi, 284 p.
Isbn
9780393341379
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)760290564
  • (OCoLC)760290564
Label
The insanity offense : how America's failure to treat the seriously mentally ill endangers its citizens, by E. Fuller Torrey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction : the origins of a disaster -- Death by the roadside -- Thirteen murders to prevent an earthquake -- "The odds are still in society's favor" -- The killing of three devils -- The sad legacy of Ms. Lessard -- God does not take medication -- The consequences of unconstrained civil liberties : homeless, incarcerated, and victimized -- The consequences of unconstrained civil liberties : violent and homicidal -- An imperative for change -- Fixing the system -- Coda : death by the roadside -- Epilogue : tragedy in Tucson
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xvi, 284 p.
Isbn
9780393341379
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)760290564
  • (OCoLC)760290564

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