1. A short history of mental health / Ian Shaw 2. Tracing the development of the Mental Health Act Commission and its predecessors / Jeffrey Cohen 3. Exploring visiting activities of the Commission / Ian Shaw, Hugh Middleton, and Martin Chamberlain 4. The reform of the Mental Health Act / Jeffrey Cohen 5. Socially determined perceptions of risk are reflected in the decision to request a second opinion appointed doctor's visit / Hugh Middleton and Ian Shaw 6. To treat or not to treat? Should the treatability criterion for those with psychopathic disorder be abandoned? / Conor Duggan 7. Law, regulation and the Mental Health Act Commission / Simon Boys and Michael J. Gunn 8. Reforming the Mental Health Act : a successor to the Mental Health Act Commission / Jeffrey Cohen.