Opinions on coercion in psychiatry held by 4th year students of Medical Academy in Wrocław are presented. In the study a questionnaire based on the Mental Health Act of May 1993 was used. The students' views were to some extent consistent with the provisions of the draft of this Act. However, they believe that under some conditions the recommendations for the use of coercive procedures in psychiatry should be wider. No radical or liberal attitudes were found in this group. The medical model of psychiatric patients' admission and treatment in a mental hospital without their consent was accepted by the students.