Primum non nocere. The case for a critical approach to global mental health

  title={Primum non nocere. The case for a critical approach to global mental health},
  author={Patrick Bracken and JoanE. Giller and Derek Summerfield},
  journal={Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences},
  pages={506 - 510}
The Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH) argues that there is a moral imperative that psychiatric treatments should be made available to all communities across the world. But psychiatric theories, categories and interventions emerged in the Western world are based on a set of assumptions about the nature of the self and society, nature and the supernatural, health and healing that are not universally accepted. In this paper we argue that there is a stronger moral case for caution with… 
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