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The danger of dangerousness: why we must remove the dangerousness criterion from our mental health acts
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    • Fernando Verdu, Professor of Legal and Forensic Medicine
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      • Francesc Frances. Assistant professor of Legal and Forensic Medicine. Ana Castello. Professor of Legal and Forensic Medicine. University of Valencia

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    However, a stu...

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