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Close the mental health revolving door [Commentary]
Treatment refusal occurs in medical/surgical settings across the world every day: a child with leukemia resisting a painful bone-marrow biopsy, an elderly man with Alzheimer's fighting his medication, a woman awakening from a coma and demanding release. And in most instances, "society" — as represented by the family, the health care providers and our legal institutions — has well-established, ethical, effective and efficient mechanisms for enabling the treatment to proceed.
By John J. Boronow and Steven S. Sharfstein
December 29, 2013