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The Washington Post
The thing that strikes me most about this book is the care and consideration that went into it. Miller and Hanson, psychiatrists, never deride anyone for their views. They sat across the table from people who think their profession is basically evil and held a civil, thoughtful conversation. If there's an outrageous factual error they'll mention it in passing with research to back them up, but otherwise everyone is allowed to say their piece exactly as they'd like in a non-confrontational environment. Full Review
With Committed, Miller and Hanson prove themselves to be extraordinarily thorough and even-handed reporters who cover an enormous subject from every conceivable angle. Full Review
~Neil A. Grauer
Candid and sensitive interviews with patients who have suffered from the way in which commitment and involuntary treatment were deployed are groundbreaking. For psychiatrists, who often develop feelings of stewardship for our patients’ vulnerabilities, it will touch your heart.
The authors interview some other remarkable people: a patient who was involuntarily committed who went on to become a psychiatrist; a crisis intervention police officer who is followed into the field; and the celebrated Judge Leifman in Dade County, Florida, who has accomplished reform in mental health approaches for the incarcerated that is becoming a model of its kind. Full Review.
~Mark Komrad, M.D.
The Journal of the America Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
In Committed: The Battle over Involuntary Psychiatric Care, Dinah Miller, MD and Annette Hanson, MD do an excellent job of presenting the views of multiple stakeholders. Despite my years as a psychiatrist, I came away from reading this book with a much more nuanced understanding of the benefits, complexities, and challenges of involuntary psychiatric care.
~Robert L. Trestman, M.D.
Library Review Journal
The bulk of the book then covers the realities of psychiatric commitment in various settings and innovative criminal justice diversion programs. Additional topics include an insightful discussion of the impact of mental illness and involuntary treatment on public safety concerns such as gun control, violence, and mass murder.
--M. C. Matteis, Regis College
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Clinical Psychiatry News: Full Review by Rebecca Twersky-Kengmana, M.D.
Reading the End blog: Full Review
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Weill Cornell Medical News: Full Review
Dr. Lloyd Sederer's review on Psychology Today's website: Full Review