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KENDRA'S LAW by Michele Hull RN (1738 words) Bioethics Professor Lisa Cassidy 5/24/2010 One of the most prevalent problems in treating the mentally ill today is treatment noncompliance and access to care. Kendra’s Law, instituted in New York in 2000, is a utilitarian approach providing a measure of safety and security to society by sacrificing an individual’s rights to refuse care. In this paper I will argue that Kendra’s Law should be made permanent in New York and instituted on a national level. Kendra Webdale was thirty-two years old when an untreated man with schizophrenia pushed her to her death in front of an oncoming train in a New York City subway in 1999. According to Worthington the perpetrator was one of
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The risk is highest for an identical twin of a person with schizophrenia. He or she has a 40 to 65 percent chance of developing the disorder (U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, 2009). It’s been proven that schizophrenia does run in families. However, the fact that there are multiple causes for schizophrenia including outside factors such as environmental causes proves the point further that no test screening is ever completely and entirely accurate. For example, just because a person gets the screening, and it comes back negative, doesn’t mean they may not develop schizophrenia later on in life.
African American Life in History Segregation in the world of Medicine helped to produce the Tuskegee Syphilis study. The study is an example of that segregation towards African Americans during the early to mid 1900s. As a result of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, many African Americans lost their lives due to the misconduct of doctors. To this date African American will not participate in clinical trials, due to the outcome of the Tuskegee Syphilis study. Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble, a physician and, medical historian, also the author of the Tuskegee Lesson, spent time speaking with Mr. Herman Shaw one of the survivors of the study.
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