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My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
1 March 2013

Ismail Mahomed Law Reform Essay Competition for Law students

In commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the Ismail Mahomed Law Reform Essay Competition, Juta has increased the total value of the prizes to R70 000. The competition, organised by the SA Law Reform Commission (SALRC), in partnership with Juta, is open to all LLB and LLM students registered at a SA university in the 2013 academic year. Each of the winners in the LLB and the LLM categories will receive an Incredible Connection or book voucher to the value of R20 000; or a one year subscription to Juta’s South African Law Reports from 1947 to date. The runners-up for both categories will each receive an Incredible Connection or book voucher to the value of R10 000 or one year subscription to Juta’s Statutes and Regulations of SA. E

ssays can be on any topic relating to the modernisation, improvement, development, or reform of any aspect, area or branch of SA law.

Entries must be submitted by 30 September, and will be judged by a panel appointed by the SALRC. For more information, contact the SALRC on (012) 392-9558 or emailjjoni@justice.gov.za 

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