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A survey carried out in 17 countries on behalf of the Council of Europe shows how prison doctors and administrations have reacted to the AIDS epidemic in ways that are not always scientifically and ethically sound. The pressing need to control HIV infection in prison, to counsel and support seropositive prisoners, to care for prisoners who get AIDS, and to(More)
The 'centrepiece' of international human rights law in the field of mental health is often said to be the United Nations Principles for the Protection of Persons with Mental Illness of 1991. Some observers appreciate the symbolic importance of these principles in providing visibility to the needs of the mentally ill, in stressing the right of access to(More)
I know it's not Texan of me to admit, but I don't watch a lot of football on TV. I enjoy the game, but it's a matter of having the time. However, recently we watched Super Bowl XLVI. Tom Brady played quarterback for the New England Patriots. Several weeks earlier I had mentioned Brady in my State of the Bureau address, in the context of competition. While(More)
A new European convention creates a mechanism for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatments of detained people through visits by outside, independent teams with unlimited access to places of detention. The convention has important implications for the medical profession: firstly, visits to psychiatric hospitals will be included and, in(More)
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