The theory of a right to treatment for the mentally ill was first presented to the public in 1960 by lawyer-physician Dr. Morton Birnbaum. For more than a decade Dr. Birnbaum has tirelessly crusaded for adequate care and treatment for patients in public mental hospitals. On November 19, 1971, a debate between Dr. Birnbaum and Professor Aaron Twerski of Duquesne University School of Law was conducted at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Entitled, The Right to Treatment-Encounter and Synthesis, this debate, and the enthusiasm and influence of Professor Twerski, captured the interest of the Review and has led to the observations which follow.
Observations on the Right to Treatment [Comment],
Duq. L. Rev.
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