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You can also support MHLO by purchasing the Law Society's MHT book (2013) and the Annual Review 2020.

Some books can be read for free on this website: Anselm Endergill's MHRT book (1997), Larry Gostin's Mental Health Services looseleaf book (2000), and older editions of the MHLO Annual Review.

Most of the books in the resources database are set out below (newest first) but you can also browse the database (e.g. find all books by a particular author or from a particular publisher).

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Jonathan Wilson, Mental Health Law Online: Annual Review 2020 (published 2021) — This booklet contains all news items, arranged thematically, which were added to the website during 2020, plus an update article from Legal Action magazine. Price: paperback £5.99, Kindle £2.99. — Purchase on Amazon

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British National Formulary (Pharmaceutical Press, 81st edn 2021) — The BNF is published biannually and includes key information on the selection, prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines. — Purchase on AmazonPurchase on 

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Richard Jones, Mental Health Act Manual (23rd edn, Sweet and Maxwell 2020) — As well as from Amazon, this book can be purchased directly from the publishers (paperback, eBook or both). This is the book everybody needs to have. — Purchase on AmazonPurchase on 

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Ben Troke, A Practical Guide to the Law of Medical Treatment Decisions (Law Brief Publishing, 2020) — This book is aimed not only at lawyers, but also clinicians and anyone with an interest in how medical treatment decisions are made. — Purchase on AmazonPurchase on 

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Camilla Parker, Adolescent Mental Health Care and the Law (LAG 2020) — This book focuses on the law relating to children and young people aged under 18 who require a period of inpatient psychiatric care. — Purchase on AmazonPurchase on 

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George Szmukler, Men in White Coats: Treatment Under Coercion (OUP 2018) — This book proposes mental health law reform so is topical in light of the Wessely review of the Mental Health Act. — Purchase on AmazonPurchase on 

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Brenda Hale, Mental Health Law (6th edn, Sweet and Maxwell 2017) — Covers mental health law and associated mental capacity law topics. See book review by Alex Ruck Keene, 1/5/17. — Purchase on AmazonPurchase on 

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Hamish Arnott and Simon Creighton, Parole Board Hearings: Law and Practice (3rd edn, LAG 2014) — Published in January 2014 but still (in 2017) the best book on the subject. — Purchase on AmazonPurchase on 

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Larry Gostin, Mental Health Services: Law and Practice (Shaw & Sons, supplement issue no 18, June 2000) — The full text of this book is available on Mental Health Law Online.