Presentation describes the relation between psychiatry and society and their mutual interplay. The special status of
psychiatry among the medical disciplines is characterized. Indications and methods of restriction in psychiatry are
given. Beside its curative and regulative function, psychiatry has to protect both the patients and the society. The
means of restriction are presented (hospitalisation without the patient’s consent, locked departments, physical and
pharmacological restrictions, protective psychiatric treatment and other). Problems of medical-juristic dilemma in
psychiatric praxis are discussed. Official and unofficial methods of the regulation of patient’s behaviour are described
together with the necessity to develop and cultivate them.
psychiatry and societies, medical-juristic dilemma.