Prof Danuta Mendelson

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Chair In Law (Research)

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

Department

BL Law

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honours), Monash University, 1970
Master of Arts, Monash University, 1973
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 1980
Bachelor of Law(s) (Honours), Monash University, 1988
Master of Laws, Monash University, 1995

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Biography

Professor Danuta Mendelson holds the Research Chair in Law at the Deakin School of Law. She has authored several books including The New Law of Torts [2014, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press]; and Interfaces of Medicine and Law: The History of the Liability for Negligently Caused Psychiatric Injury (Nervous Shock) [1998, Ashgate/Dartmouth]. She has also published several book chapters and some 90 peer-reviewed articles published in leading Australian and international journals. Her fields of research include legal causation; abatement of medical treatment; palliative care and euthanasia; consent to and refusal of medical treatment; confidentiality; malingering and the function of expert medical witnesses; electronic health records; damages; and torts law reform.

Recognised as a leading scholar in law of torts and health jurisprudence in Australia and internationally, Professor Mendelson's books and articles have been cited with approval by numerous international scholars, and the judiciary, including the High Court of Australia. Her work has directly and indirectly influenced the development of law in Australia.

She is the Key Researcher in the Law and Policy Program of the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (Data to Decisions CRC). This program provides assistance to the Attorney-General’s department, Defence, and National Security organizations to meet imminent and complex legal challenges relating to access, collection and management of large sets of data, individual rights, privacy and national security. The CRC has total investment of $88 million, including $25 million grant from the Australian Federal government over the period of five years. http://www.d2dcrc.com.au/.

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Research interests

Law of Torts; Medical Jurisprudence; Comparative Law; Legal History; Interpretation of Statutes

Affiliations

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS

Board Member: International Academy of Law and Mental Health (Montreal, Canada): http://www.ialmh.org/template.cgi

Elected Titular Member International Academy for Comparative Law/Academie Internationale de Droit Compare; (The Hague, the Netherlands) http://www.iuscomparatum.org/IACL

Executive Member & past Treasurer (Clinical Legal Issues in Pain, Special Interest Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain (Seattle, USA); http://www.iasp-pain.org

Member of the Organising and Scientific Committee for International Conferences on Opioids 10-12.June 2012; 9-11.June 2013; 7-10 June 2014 Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
http://www.opioidconference.org/Conference_Committee.html

Fellow: Center for International Legal Studies (Salzburg, Austria): http://cils.net/index.htm

In 2010 appointed an Ambassador for Club Melbourne, a body [that] facilitates the conduct of international scholarly gatherings in Victoria.

Member of Australian & New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL)

Member: International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (Jerusalem, Israel)

Member of the Consultative Committee on the review of Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 (Vic) for the Victorian Law Commission (Melbourne, Australia 2009-2011)

Knowledge areas

Law of Torts; Medical Jurisprudence; Comparative law; Legal History; Statutory Interpretation

Conferences

Mendelson D, “Disciplinary proceedings against doctors who abuse controlled substances” 34th biennial World Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health International Congress of Law and Mental Health Vienna, 12-17 July, 2015

Mendelson D, “The Concept of ‘Pain And Suffering’ In Law: Why are ‘Pain And Suffering’ Compensated? 34th biennial World Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health International Congress of Law and Mental Health Vienna, 12-17 July, 2015

Mendelson D, “Disciplinary Proceedings for Over-prescription of Opioid Medications by Physicians in Australia (2010-2014)”, International Conferences on Opioids 7-10 June 2014 Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Mendelson D, “From Nervous Shock to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – Patterns in Legal History’ presented at the Annual Conference of the Forensic Section of Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Darwin 17-19 July 2013

Mendelson D, 'From Nervous Shock to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Patterns in Legal History' Annual Conference of the Forensic Section of Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Darwin. Mendelson D, 'Regulation of Oxycontin & Other Schedule 8 Medications', Australian Medical Association (Victorian Branch). 2012

Mendelson D, 'Abolition of Expert Witness Protection by the United Kingdom Supreme Court in the case of Jones v Kaney [2011] UKSC 13; 2 A.C. 398', Satellite Symposium on Contemporary Medico-legal Issues and Pain, Como, Italy

Mendelson D, Dean's Professional Lecture: 'The Victorian Law Reform Commission Final Report on Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 (Vic); Concerns for Clinical Practice: Update', Monash Medical Center, Melbourne.

Mendelson D, Plenary Lecture: 'Conscientious Objection and the Law', Bioethics Colloquium, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. 2011

Mendelson D, 'The High Court's decision in Wicks v State Rail Authority (NSW); Sheehan v State Rail Authority (NSW) [2010] HCA 22; 241 CLR 60 in International Perspective', at XXXII International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Humboldt University, Berlin Germany.

Mendelson D & Saunders A, 'Medical Treatment of Adults Admitted neither as Involuntary Patients nor under Guardianship, but Whose Capacity to Provide Valid Consent is Impaired' XXXII International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

Mendelson D, 'Recent developments in the law of compensation for psychiatric injury in Australia' for the Directors and the Senior Counsel of Munich Re, Munich, Germany

Mendelson D, 'Punitive Damages in 18TH century: an expression and an instrument of politics' Society of Legal Scholars, Cambridge University, Downing College, UK.

Mendelson D, invited presentation: 'Jurisprudence and History of Punitive Damages in Australia', Law Faculty, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Mendelson D, invited presentation: 'Law Relating to Withholding and Abatement of Life-saving and Life-prolonging Treatment in Australia' Law Faculty, Uppsala University, Sweden. 2010

Mendelson D, invited lecture: 'Punitive Damages Sensu Stricto in Australia' at the 15th Ius Commune Congress (Maastricht University; Catholic University of Leuven; University of Utrecht; University of Amsterdam) in Leuven. Belgium. Invited by Prof Ken Oliphant, the Director of the Institute for European Tort Law to chair sessions and provide commentary at a major international conference, Medical Malpractice and Compensation in Global Perspective, hosted by the Institute for European Tort Law in Vienna, Austria.

Professional activities

The major collaborative project of the Data to Decision (D2D) Group of the CRC for 2015 involves an in-depth examination of legal framework that supports "desirable" and "effective" Big Data practices within and among law enforcement and national security Agencies in Australia.   

Awards

2009-2012 Victorian Health Foundation grant of $400,000 (excluding GST) to establish a Victorian Food Policy Coalition (together with Associate Professor Mark Lawrence, Dr Cate Burns, and Prof Boyd Swinburn).

2004 Pfizer prize for the best non-psychiatrist presentation at the 39th Congress of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Christchurch, New Zealand 10-13 May 2004 for an invited paper on Intersections of Law and Psychiatry: Patients’ Competency to Decide to Withdraw or Withhold Medical Treatment. (published as: Mendelson D, ‘Roman Concept of Mental Capacity to Make End-Of-Life Decisions’ (2007) 30 International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 201-212).

2003 Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law Prize for Excellence in Research.

2001 Awarded an ARC grant for a Discovery Project “Electronic Health Records: Achieving an Effective and Ethical, Legal and Record Keeping Framework”.

1997 Australian Award (joint) for Excellence in Academic Publishing for Mendelson D, Torts (Sydney: Butterworths, 1997).

1985 Butterworths Prize for Taxation Law (undergraduate).

Projects

Mendelson D, one of legal advisers on Ferrara SD, Baccino E, Boscolo-Berto R, et al, “Padova Charter on personal injury and damage under civil-tort law” (2015) 129 Int J Legal Med 1-12 DOI 10.1007/s00414-015-1244-9  The “Padova Charter” represents findings from the international study undertaken by the International Academy of Legal Medicine to serve as benchmark set of tests for determining personal injury cases in European civil courts.

Publications

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2015

Disciplinary proceedings against doctors who abuse controlled substances

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 24-40, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

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2014

Legal issues: minors' decision-making capacity to refuse life-saving and life-sustaining treatment: legal and psychiatric perspectives

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2014), Vol. 21, pp. 762-773, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, NSW, C1

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Legal issues: Disciplinary proceedings for inappropriate prescription of opioid medications by medical practitioners in Australia (2010-2014)

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2014), Vol. 22, pp. 255-279, Journal of Law and Medicine, NSW, Australia, C1

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2013

The interface of the civil and criminal law of suicide at common law (1194–1845)

Prof Danuta Mendelson, Adj/Prof Ian Freckelton

(2013), Vol. 36, pp. 343-349, International journal of law and psychiatry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Opioid regulation : time to reconsider the nomenclature and approach

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2013), Vol. 21, pp. 27-39, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1

journal

Assisted suicide through the prism of the right to life

Prof Danuta Mendelson, Prof Mirko Bagaric

(2013), Vol. 36, pp. 406-418, International journal of law and psychiatry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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La risoluzione dei conflitti familiari nell’esperienza australiana: la necessità di estendere ulteriormente la mediazione e di ridurre la funzione giudicante delle corti

Prof Danuta Mendelson, Prof Mirko Bagaric

(2013), pp. 167-178, Le ragioni degli altri. Mediazione e famiglia tra conflitto e dialogo : una prospettiva comparatistica ed interdisciplinare, Turin, Italy, B1

chapter
2012

Punitive damages sensu stricto in Australia

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2012), pp. 147-163, The power of punitive damages ¿ is Europe missing out?, Cambridge, England, B1

chapter

Decriminalisation of abortion performed by qualified health practitioners under the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 (Vic)

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2012), Vol. 19, pp. 651-666, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1

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From expert witness to defendant : abolition of expert witness protection and its implications

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2012), Vol. 20, pp. 250-260, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1

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The Duchess of Kingston's case, the ruling of Lord Mansfield and duty of medical confidentiality in court

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2012), Vol. 35, pp. 480-489, International journal of law and psychiatry, Kidlington, England, C1

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Catastrophic loss and the law : a comparison between 2009 Victorian Black Saturday fires and 2011 Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi

Prof Danuta Mendelson, Rachel Carter

(2012), Vol. 31, pp. 32-53, University of Tasmania law review, Hobart, Tas., C1

journal
2011

Software developer policies : economics and s 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010

Mr Michael D'Rosario, Dr Andrew Torre, Prof Danuta Mendelson, Lynden Griggs

(2011), Vol. 21, pp. 1-25, Journal of law, information and science, Hobart, Tas., C1

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Operation of guardianship laws in the emergency ward

Prof Danuta Mendelson, Anne Saunders

(2011), Vol. 19, pp. 13-31, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

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2010

Confidentiality, privacy and access to health records

Prof Danuta Mendelson, Prof Anne Rees

(2010), pp. 301-340, Health law in Australia, Pyrmont, N.S.W., B1

chapter

Healthcare identifiers legislation : a whiff of Fourberie

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2010), Vol. 17, pp. 660-676, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

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Economic impact of Wicks v State Rail Authority (NSW) (2010) 84 ALJR 497

Prof Danuta Mendelson, Dr Andrew Torre, Mr Michael D'Rosario

(2010), Vol. 18, pp. 221-238, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W, C1

journal
2009

Prevention of suicide : police powers, parliamentary intent and judicial interpretation

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2009), Vol. 16, pp. 728-744, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal

Torts

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2009), pp. 817-841, Appealing to the future : Michael Kirby and his legacy, Pyrmont, N.S.W., B1

chapter

Defendants' liability for pure mental harm to third parties in Australia : still a work in progress

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2009), Vol. 17, pp. 165-177, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal
2008

Damages for pain and suffering in tort law

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2008), Vol. 15, pp. 669-680, The journal of law and medicine, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

Family carers : ethical and legal issues

Prof Michael Ashby, Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2008), pp. 93-111, Family carers in palliative care : a guide for health and social care professionals, Oxford, England, B1-1

chapter

Clinical, ethical and legal considerations in the treatment of newborns with non-ketotic hyperglycinaemia

A. Boneh, S. Allan, Prof Danuta Mendelson, Merle Spriggs, L. H. Gillam, S. H. Korman

(2008), Vol. 94, pp. 143-147, Molecular genetics and metabolism, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2007

The new law of Torts

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2007), South Melbourne, Vic., A1

book

Roman concept of mental capacity to make end-of-life decisions

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2007), Vol. 30, pp. 201-212, International journal of law and psychiatry, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Substituted consent : from lunatics to corpses

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2007), Vol. 14, pp. 449-462, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

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2006

Arbitrating "end-of-life" decisions: issues, processes, and the role of the law

Prof Danuta Mendelson, Prof Michael Ashby

(2006), pp. 363-378, Disputes and dilemmas in health law, Annandale, NSW, B1

chapter

Assessment of competency : a primer

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2006), Vol. 14, pp. 156-166, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

Privacy issues, health connect and beyond

Mrs Livia Iacovino, Prof Danuta Mendelson, Mrs Moira Paterson

(2006), pp. 604-621, Disputes and dilemmas in health law, Annandale, N.S.W., B1

chapter
2005

Jurisprudential legerdemain : damages for gratuitous services and attendant care

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2005), Vol. 12, pp. 402-412, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

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The modern Australian law of mental harm: parochialism triumphant

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2005), Vol. 13, pp. 164-172, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

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2004

Gardner; re BWW: Victorian Supreme Court makes landmark Australian ruling on tube feeding

Prof Michael Ashby, Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2004), Vol. 181, pp. 442-445, Medical journal of Australia, Sydney, NSW, C1

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The medical provision of hydration and nutrition: Two very different outcomes in Victoria and Florida

Prof Danuta Mendelson, Prof Michael Ashby

(2004), Vol. 11, pp. 282-291, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

Malingering pain in the medicolegal context

George Mendelson, Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2004), Vol. 20, pp. 423-432, Clinical journal of pain, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Australian tort law reform: statutory principles of causation and the common law

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2004), Vol. 11, pp. 492-509, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

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HealthConnect and the duty of care: a dilemma for medical practitioners

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2004), Vol. 12, pp. 69-79, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

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Electronic medical records: perils of outsourcing and the Privacy Act 1988 (CTH)

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2004), Vol. 12, pp. 8-13, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

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2003

A comparative study of the law of palliative care and end- of- life treatment

Prof Danuta Mendelson, Timothy Stoltzfus Jost

(2003), Vol. 31, pp. 130-143, Journal of law, medicine and ethics, Boston, Mass., C1

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Travels of a medical record and the myth of privacy

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2003), Vol. 11, pp. 136-145, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal

Natural death in 2003: are we slipping backwards?

Prof Michael Ashby, Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2003), Vol. 10, pp. 260-264, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

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Medicolegal aspects of chronic pain

George Mendelson, Prof Danuta Mendelson, Nortin M Hadler

(2003), pp. 173-188, Clinical pain management chronic pain, London, England, B1

chapter

Devaluation of a constitutional guarantee : the history of section 51(xxiiiA) of the Commonwealth Constitution

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2003), Vol. 23, pp. 308-344, Melbourne University law review, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

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2002

Aspects of causation in hippocratic medicine and Roman law of delict

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2002), pp. 58-82, Causation in law and medicine, Aldershot, England, B1

chapter

Judicial responses to the protected confidential communications legislation in Australia

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2002), Vol. 10, pp. 49-60, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

Legal liability for pain management involving opioid medication: an American perspective

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2002), Vol. 10, pp. 145-154, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

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Legal aspects of end of life treatment in Australia, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Poland, France, Germany, Japan, and The Netherlands

Prof Danuta Mendelson, Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, Prof Michael Ashby

(2002), pp. 803-822, Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Pain, Seattle, Wash., E1

conference

Issues of medical and legal causation relating to Alzheimer`s disease

Robert Helme, Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2002), pp. 270-286, Causation in law and medicine, Aldershot, England, B1

chapter

English medical experts and the claims for shock occasioned by railway collisions in the 1860`s. Issues of law, ethics, and medicine

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2002), Vol. 25, pp. 303-329, International journal of law and psychiatry, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Introduction

Adj/Prof Ian Freckelton, Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2002), pp. xxii-xxxii, Causation in law and medicine, Aldershot, England, B1

chapter
2001

Liability for negligent failure to disclose medical risks

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2001), Vol. 8, pp. 358-367, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

Quo iure? Defendants' liability to rescuers in the tort of negligence

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2001), Vol. 9, pp. 130-163, Tort law review, North Ryde, NSW, C1

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Jones -v- Bartlett: landlords` liability to tenants and members of their household in negligence

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2001), Vol. 6, pp. 174-183, Deakin law review, Burwood, Vic., C1

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Aspects of legal liability in pain management involving opioid medications

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(2001), Vol. 9, pp. 145-152, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

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1999

Back to the future : White v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire and liability for pure psychiatric injury to rescuers

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(1999), Vol. 6, pp. 319-322, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1-1

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Palliative care, assisted suicide or euthanasia? Toward a common discourse in the terminology of treatments at the end of life

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(1999), Vol. 7, pp. 230-234, Progress in palliative care, Leeds, England, C1-1

journal
1998

The medical duty of confidentiality in the Hippocratic tradition and Jewish medical ethics

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(1998), Vol. 5, pp. 227-238, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1-1

journal
1996

An overview of liability and compensation for personal injury in China under the general principles of civil law

Miss Kuihua Wang, Prof Danuta Mendelson

(1996), Vol. 4, pp. 1-36, Torts law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

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Historical evolution and modern implications of concepts of consent to, and refusal of, medical treatment in the law of trespass

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(1996), Vol. 17, pp. 1-71, Journal of legal medicine, Chicago, Ill., C1-1

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1993

Mr Cruel and the medical duty of confidentiality

Prof Danuta Mendelson

(1993), Vol. 1, pp. 120-129, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1-1

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1991

Tarasoff down under : the psychiatrist's duty to warn in Australia

Prof Danuta Mendelson, George Mendelson

(1991), pp. 33-61, Journal of psychiatry & law, New York, N. Y., C1-1

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