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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: A multiauthored book, this is an attempt to address and condense the ever-growing literature regarding offenders and victims in forensic psychiatry.
Purpose: The editors state that the book is intended "to be of practical assistance in the assessment, management, and treatment of offenders with mental disorders and other victims."
Audience: Though penned primarily for those with more advanced knowledge of forensic issues (including those practicing within the justice system), this work might prove useful for anyone interested in the various intriguing and complicated challenges in the subspecialty of forensic psychiatry.
Features: The book is heavily weighted toward U.K. practice, although attempts are made to compare the practice of forensic psychiatry in other countries. Although primarily text, there are occasional tables, graphs, and black-and-white figures to further illustrate information. The book is inclusive, weighty, and informational, but may have slightly exceeded its editors' desire to remain clinically practical given its size. However, it is accompanied by an electronic version which makes it significantly more functional (and makes one wonder why more publishers are not including the electronic version in the purchase price). The book ends with over 150 pages of references and a few useful appendixes.
Assessment: It is difficult to compare this book to others of a similar nature (i.e. The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry, 2nd edition, Simon and Gold, (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2010)), given the numerous differences between Europe and other areas of the world related to cultural and social practices, as well as laws which govern the jurisdictions responsible for these populations. Overall, it is a book worth reviewing, but unlikely to be used by North American forensic providers for anything other than occasional reference.