Type de Publication Article
    Titre From paranoia querulans to vexatious litigants: a short study on madness between psychiatry and the law. Part 2
    Auteurs Levy B.
    Revue History of Psychiatry
    Résumé The second part of this paper examines the history of querulous paranoia and vexatious litigation in the English-speaking countries from the nineteenth century to today. This study suggests that the lack of thorough research on querulous paranoia in these countries is due to a broad cultural, legal and medical context which has caused unreasonable complainants to be considered a purely legal, rather than a medical issue. To support this hypothesis, I analyse how legal steps have been taken throughout the English-speaking world since 1896 to keep the unreasonable complainants at bay, and I present reasons why medical measures have scarcely been adopted. However, I also submit evidence that this division of responsibilities between the judges and the psychiatrists has taken a new turn since the dawn of the twenty-first century.
    Pages 36-49
    Volume 26
    Numéro 1
    Mots clés 20th century | English-speaking countries | forensic sciences | paranoia querulans | psychiatry | vexatious litigants
    Année 2015
    Electronic resource num 10.1177/0957154X14542728