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CONTEMPORARY ISSUE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 71-76

Psychiatric ethics in war and peace


Department of Psychiatry, Peoples College of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal - 462 037, India

Correspondence Address:
M. S. V. K. Raju
Department of Psychiatry, People's College of Medical Sciences and Research Center, People's University, People's Campus, Bhanpur, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.123637

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Practice of psychiatry is a complex activity because the psychiatrist generally practises his art in an emotionally charged environment with patients who may not be in a in a state of mind to exercise autonomy as a result of cognitive impairment and preoccupation with symptoms. No one principle of ethics will be suitable to guide right conduct in widely variable situations. Making ethical judgements in the military context can be difficult and may have potential for abuse as for an uniformed psychiatrist mission takes priority over man. However mission centered and medical text book centred ethics need not be compartamentalised. The present paper seeks to offer a brief overview of ethical principles and specific situations in which one may have to make ethical judgements.


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