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Treating a homeless psychiatric patient: ethical challenges

Kirubah V David, Sushil Mathew John, S Venkatesan, Sarah Bhattacharji, Anna Tharyan

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2012.038


The story of Mr K illustrates how a busy urban health centre working with poor people confronted and dealt with ethical problems arising while treating a homeless and psychiatrically unwell patient. This story has been mentioned in an earlier publication in the context of how psychiatry could be practiced indigenously. The present discussion outlines the ethical dilemmas faced by the clinicians who took care of Mr K.

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