Mentally ill patients and the nation’s criminal justice system


  • James T Antony Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute, Thrissur



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How to Cite

Antony, J. T. “Mentally Ill Patients and the nation’s Criminal Justice System”. Kerala Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 35, no. 2, Feb. 2023, pp. 88-97, doi:10.30834/KJP.35.2.2023.377.



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