Global Mental Health and Neuroethics explores conceptual, ethical and clinical issues that have emerged with the expansion of clinical neuroscience into middle- and low-income countries. Conceptual issues covered include avoiding scientism and skepticism in global mental health, integrating evidence-based and value-based global medicine, and developing a welfarist approach to the practice of global psychiatry. Ethical issues addressed include those raised by developments in neurogenetics, cosmetic psychopharmacology and deep brain stimulation. Perspectives drawing on global mental health and neuroethics are used to explore a number of different clinical disorders and developmental stages, ranging from childhood through to old age.
- Synthesizes existing work at the intersection of global mental health and neuroethics
- Presents the work of leading practitioners of global mental health and neuroethics who address clinical issues
- Looks at clinical decision-making in settings with non-Western values and customs
- Covers patient empowerment, human rights, cognitive enhancement, and more
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Section A Conceptual issues
2 Moving beyond scientism and skepticism
3 Finding a word for it: An ordinary language philosophical perspective on the role of values-based practice as a partner to evidence-based practice
4 Welfarist psychiatry goes global
5 The ethics of flourishing or failing: Social, economic and environmental determinants of global mental health in an uncertain future
Section B Global neuroethics
6 The ethics of neurogenetics research in Africa: Considerations and guidelines
7 Cosmetic psychopharmacology in a global context
8 Some ethics of deep brain stimulation
9 Global mental health and the treatment gap: A human rights and neuroethics concern
10 Poverty and mental health in post-war countries: The case of Uganda and Sierra Leone
Section C Disorders/developmental stages
11 Interactive role-playing and health-related quality of life assessment in children with neurocognitive sequelae: A global neuroethics research approach
12 Neuroethics and cannabis use globally: Impact on adolescent cognition and wellbeing
13 Disease, wellness, and addiction: A global perspective
14 Disease and wellness across the lifespan: A global perspective on the mental health burden of dementia
15 Addressing disability in global mental health and neuroethics: Challenges and hopes
Section D Conclusion
16 Ethical issues in global mental health
Professor Dan J. Stein is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Stein's research areas include anxiety, trauma-, and stressor-related disorders. His work ranges from basic neuroscience, through clinical investigations and trials, and on to epidemiological and cross-cultural studies.
Ilina Singh is a Professor of Neuroscience and Society at the University of Oxford. Dr. Singh holds a doctorate in human development and psychology from Harvard University. She brings this interdisciplinary perspective to her current research through an approach known as empirical ethics. Her research focuses on the social and ethical dimensions of innovations in neuroscience, psychiatry, and related areas. She has contributed to various scientific and policy groups, and is the co-chair of the Ethics Advisory Board for the EU-AIMS project on autism treatments and is an expert advisor for the National Autism Project.