Book: ‘Men in White Coats’: Treatment under Coercion

My book ‘Men in White Coats’: Treatment under Coercion, was published in November 2017. It shows how conventional mental health law discriminates against people with a mental illness when compared to all other patients in healthcare, how such law gives expression to discriminatory stereotypes of people with mental illness, and proposes a non-discriminatory framework, a ‘fusion law, that places all patients on an equal standing. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is taken into account in establishing the framework.


About George Szmukler

About George Szmukler

I am a psychiatrist who started practice in this field as a trainee in 1972. I retired from clinical work in 2012 but continue with my academic interests. I am now Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Society at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.Read More

Submission to Independent Panel on Reform of Mental Health Act

A copy of my submission of Jan 2018 to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act is attached below.

The human rights case for fundamental reform is presented including some relevant research findings.

Submission to Independent Panel