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Querulous behaviour: vexatious litigation, abnormally persistent complaining and petitioning 

Querulous behaviour: vexatious litigation, abnormally persistent complaining and petitioning
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Querulous behaviour: vexatious litigation, abnormally persistent complaining and petitioning
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Paul E. Mullen

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10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0264
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date: 25 August 2019

The querulant pursue their vision of justice through litigation in the court, through petitions to the powerful, and finally through the various agencies of accountability. In practice all three avenues are often explored. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century it was the civil courts in which these dramas were usually played out. Today the main burden falls on the complaints organizations. After a brief historical overview, this chapter addresses clinical features, clinical assessment, and management.

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