Professor Hardisty examines the use of the term "mental illness" by the law, focusing upon competency and insanity defense tests. After determining that the term has no accepted medical definition, the author analyzes the necessity for legal usage of the term. Professor Hardisty concludes that the term "mental illness" should be deleted from the law.
James H. Hardisty,
Mental Illness: A Legal Fiction,
48 Wash. L. Rev.
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