Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Lawby Richard Rosner
Pub. Date: 08/28/1985
Publisher: Basic Books
As President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), it is a pleasure to write this foreword. Dr. Richard Rosner deserves full credit for helping AAPL pursue its educational goals by publishing a series of books. Consumerism and the civil rights movement have dramatically changed the practice of American psychiatry over the last 2 decades.… See more details below
As President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), it is a pleasure to write this foreword. Dr. Richard Rosner deserves full credit for helping AAPL pursue its educational goals by publishing a series of books. Consumerism and the civil rights movement have dramatically changed the practice of American psychiatry over the last 2 decades. Extensive legal regulation now makes it necessary for both general and forensic psychiatrists to keep abreast of changing laws. The contents of Volume II of Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law demonstrate Dr. Rosner's gift for selecting and editing important theoretical and practical articles. This volume addresses a broad range of forensic issues. The pen dulum-like swings of laws regarding civil commitment and insanity are clearly illuminated by Dr. Quen's contribution, "Violence, Psychiatry, and the Law." A review of historical psychiatric testimony supporting insanity defenses on the bases of homicidal mania, moral insanity, and phrenological evidence should make modern forensic psychiatrists hum ble. However, some of our colleagues continue to testify that defendants were unable to refrain from criminal conduct because of CT evidence of schizophrenia, pathological gambling, or the effects of junk food. Excellent theoretical discussions are presented by Dr. Macklin ("A Philosophical Perspective on Ethics and Forensic Psychiatry") and Mr. Hughes ("Legal Aspects of Predicting Dangerousness"). These chapters present thorough, up-to-date, scholarly analyses of complex issues from the vantage point of non psychiatrists.
Table of Contents
Section I Fundamental Considerations.- 1. Legal Regulation of Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry: Clarifying Categories for Clinicians.- 2. A Philosophical Perspective on Ethics in Forensic Psychiatry.- Section II Violence and Dangerousness.- 3. Violence, Psychiatry, and the Law: A Historical Perspective.- 4. Legal Aspects of Predicting Dangerousness.- Section III Aspects of Psychiatry and the Civil Law.- 5. Psychiatry and Civil Law.- 6. Last Will and Testament: Forensic Psychiatry’s Last Frontier? The Psychiatrist’s Role in Will Contests.- 7. The Plaintiff’s Case in Psychiatric Malpractice.- 8. The Defense of a Psychiatrist Charged with Malpractice.- Section IV Adolescent Psychiatry and the Law.- 9. Adolescent Cognitive and Emotional Development: An Introduction to Adolescent Psychiatry for Forensic Psychiatrists: Clinical Considerations in a Legal Context.- 10. The Assessment of Psychopathology in Juvenile Delinquency: The Family Court Perspective.- Section V Scientific Truth Detection.- 11. Amytal and the Detection of Deception.- 12. Clinical Polygraphy: Its Function within Psychiatry.- 13. The Use and Misuse of Hypnosis in Court.- Section VI Special Topics in Forensic Psychiatry.- 14. The Problem of the Malingering Defendant.- 15. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and the Law.- 16. Education and Training in Forensic Psychiatry.- 17. Standards for Fellowship Programs in Forensic Psychiatry: A Report by The Joint Committee on Accreditation of Fellowship Programs in Forensic Psychiatry.
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