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Stein, Dan J. and Giordano, James (2015): Global mental health and neuroethics. In: BMC Medicine 13:44 [PDF, 395kB]


Background: Global mental health is a relatively new field that has focused on disparities in mental health services across different settings, and on innovative ways to provide feasible, acceptable, and effective services in poorly-resourced settings. Neuroethics, too, is a relatively new field, lying at the intersection of bioethics and neuroscience;it has studied the implications of neuroscientific findings for age-old questions in philosophy, as well as questions about the ethics of novel neuroscientific methods and interventions. Discussion: In this essay, we address a number of issues that lie at the intersection of these two fields: an emphasis on a naturalist and empirical position, a concern with both disease and wellness, the importance of human rights in neuropsychiatric care, and the value of social inclusion and patient empowerment. Summary: These different disciplines share a number of perspectives, and future dialogue between the two should be encouraged.

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