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70 Years of Coercion in German Psychiatric Institutions, Experienced and Witnessed

Keynote speech from June 7, 2007, by Dorothea Buck, Honorary Chair of the German Bundesver-band Psychiatrie-Erfahrener, at the congress “Coercive Treatment in Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Review”, run by the World Psychiatric Organisation in Dresden, Germany, June 6 – 8, 2007. This is in PDF format.

buck-wpa-2007-e.pdf — PDF document, 78Kb

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