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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.

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