I don’t think such a suit is possible. There’s doctor-patient confidentiality, and the fact that you can’t arrest someone for their thoughts, no matter how disturbed. If he warned the right people, that’s all anyone can do. And anyway, liberals have made it impossible to commit someone to an insanity ward. I drive all the time past the place where “One Flew Over the Coocoo’s Nest” was filmed. It’s empty. All the nuts are wandering the streets now.
They weren’t just thoughts ~ he demonstrated that.
>>And anyway, liberals have made it impossible to commit someone to an insanity ward. I drive all the time past the place where One Flew Over the Coocoos Nest was filmed. Its empty. All the nuts are wandering the streets now.
Worth saying again.
Also worth saying, on the other hand, I’m not sure I’d want it to be too easy to have someone committed. Leftists would use it against political enemies.
It is a tough thing all around.
Not entirely accurate; in fact any doctor has a legal responsibility to report any patient that has made threats of violence against other persons.
‘All the nuts are wandering the streets now.’
A former mental facilty in Ventura County,CA, is now a university.
There are ‘nomadic’ homeless types out and about, but unaware if they’re dangerous.
Theres doctor-patient confidentiality, and the fact that you cant arrest someone for their thoughts, no matter how disturbed.....Bohannon had a psychiatrist on just last night that said it IS a duty of Psychs. to report anyone who is an imminent threat and it happens often. That Dr./ patient confidentiality does not apply to shootings, dog bites, stabbings, spouse abusal or any number of injuries. It has recently been argued that Dr.s couldn’t report AIDS patient because that villified a homosexual part of society. The following quote is from ‘enotes.com’:In recent years, many courts have held that doctors also owe duties to protect non-patients who may be harmed by patients. For example, without a patient’s permission or knowledge, doctors may warn others or the police if the patient is mentally unstable, potentially violent, or has threatened a specific person. In some states, the duty to report or warn others “trumps” the right to confidentiality or privileged communication with a doctor. Courts will decide these matters by balancing the sanctity of the confidentiality against the foreseeability of harm to a third party.