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Depression: Law and Ethics

Charles Foster and Jonathan Herring


Depression is amorphous. It defies easy generalization and eludes medical and legal categories. Is it part of the self or its predator? Can sufferers be held responsible for their actions? Law has traditionally not dealt well with these complexities. Drawing upon a wide range of themes and expertise, this volume looks at depression from four viewpoints: that of the sufferer, the clinician, the ethicist, and the lawyer. Topics include the cultural history of depression, demography, aetiology, epidemiology and diagnosis, the autonomy debate, criminal responsibility, public health law, depression ... More

Keywords: depression, demography, epidemiology, diagnosis, autonomy, criminal responsibility, assisted suicide, public health law, depression in the workplace

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198801900
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198801900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Foster, editor
Charles Foster, Senior Research Associate, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford

Jonathan Herring, editor
Jonathan Herring, Professor of Law, University of Oxford

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Part I Sufferers

2 Tristimania

Jay Griffiths

3 On Being Not Depressed

Charles Foster

Part II Clinical

4 Depression

Philip Cowen

5 The Aetiology of Depression

Theodoros Bargiotas

6 The Cultural History of Depression

German E Berrios and Ivana S Marková

7 The Epidemiology of Depression

Gemma Lewis and Glyn Lewis

11 Treatment

David Osborne and Chris Williams*

Part III Ethics

12 Ethics and Depression

Richard Ashcroft

13 Being Yourself

Jesse Wall

14 Depressions Plural

K W M (Bill) Fulford, David Crepaz-Keay, and Giovanni Stanghellini

16 The Impact of Depression on Health Care Decisions

Rebecca Saracino, Melissa Masterson, and Barry Rosenfeld

Part IV Law

23 Depression in the Workplace

Alan Bogg and Sarah Green

24 Depression and Children

Jonathan Herring

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