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Sex 

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Sex
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Merrill Rotter

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199344659.003.0020
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date: 26 February 2020

Chapter 20 includes only one case, but that case was extremely influential for its time and established precedent for ethical guidelines in multiple mental health organizations. Roy v. Hartogs, in 1976, involved a psychiatrist who had sex with his patient as part of “therapy” and was subsequently found liable for malpractice. Although perhaps not very surprising in today’s clinical climate, this case was an important statement about the boundaries of psychiatric treatment.

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