Homicide: A Psychiatric Perspective

Homicide: A Psychiatric Perspective

by Carl P. Malmquist
     
 

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Most professional books on the subject of homicide convey a criminological or legal standpoint. Homicide: A Psychiatric Perspective complements those approaches by offering a clinical understanding unique in the literature, considering not merely the crime but the broad spectrum of homicidal behavior. Combining psychiatric knowledge of that behavior with actual

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Most professional books on the subject of homicide convey a criminological or legal standpoint. Homicide: A Psychiatric Perspective complements those approaches by offering a clinical understanding unique in the literature, considering not merely the crime but the broad spectrum of homicidal behavior. Combining psychiatric knowledge of that behavior with actual case material, this work provides a single-expert point of view, synthesizing current literature while maintaining a focused perspective that not only reviews the macroscopic findings of descriptive nosology but also places the individual murderer under the microscope.

This new edition considers aspects of homicidal behavior in American society that were not prominent a decade ago, as evidenced by such phenomena as the Columbine killings and public fascination with The Sopranos. Dr. Malmquist draws on his extensive background in forensic psychiatry and consultancy experience in hundreds of murder cases, blending medical, biological, psychological, and social factors to forge a psychiatric understanding of homicide in the twenty-first century.

He provides insight into such key concerns as epidemiology, the ongoing difficulty of predicting homicidal behavior in psychotic individuals, and the contrasting viewpoints of psychiatry and the legal system; and he describes how various clinical psychiatric conditions such as narcissism and depression have their own special vulnerabilities for homicidal violence. The book uses DSM-IV-TR as a diagnostic framework and adds a psychodynamic component for appropriate cases, offering a broad overview of homicide today: • Cases are drawn from evaluated homicidal individuals, not simply generic examples, and reflect homicides that involve a legal conviction, a confession, or clinical material beyond media reportage.• New to this edition are insights into recent homicide trends such as sexual and serial murders, school killings, homicide among preadolescents, stalking, murder by health care personnel, and close-combat killings in the military.• Statistical data on epidemiology have been updated, recent cases have been added, and the latest legal decisions are discussed -- all making this book as timely as it is authoritative.

Homicide: A Psychiatric Perspective is an essential reference for mental health professionals as well as attorneys, correctional officers, or social workers engaged in criminal law. With its keys to evaluating patients or defendants who have engaged in serious acts of violence, it offers unprecedented clinical insights into the homicidal mind.

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: Written by a clinician with significant experience in, and understanding of, the complex and challenging field of forensic psychiatry, this book contains data about various psychiatric illnesses and their relation to homicide.
Purpose: While the author offers many different reasons for penning a second edition of this work, the primary one seems to be an attempt to bridge the gap between the legal appreciation for homicide and a psychiatric perspective on the act that is frequently poorly understood.
Audience: Individuals with an interest in forensic psychiatry might find this book appealing, as might those with a morbid curiosity about homicide. However, most of those who would benefit from reading this are legal professionals and those intimately involved in the day-to-day issues surrounding mental health issues in a forensic population.
Features: Many of the chapters are divided into understanding specific psychiatric diagnoses (for example, schizophrenia) and their relationship to the act of homicide. This includes research, risk assessment, and legal issues such as state of mind at the time of the crime. Case examples are used to illustrate specific challenges or highlight certain vital information for the reader. There are no graphs or diagrams, and references are complete and current.
Assessment: Though I have not read the first edition of this work, I was impressed by the author's comprehension of the topics and his ability to explain complicated ideas succinctly. Some of the text can be disturbing and uncomfortable to read (i.e., the chapter on sexual homicide), but the purpose of the graphic descriptions is not to shock the reader, only to paint a realistic picture of the story. The chapter, "Legal Versus Clinical Views on Homicide" provides exceptional insight into the struggle between the legal and clinical understanding of this horrific act.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585626496
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/02/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
463
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Carl P. Malmquist, M.D., M.S., is a psychiatrist who is board-certified in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. He has served as a professor at both the medical and law schools of the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan. Dr. Malmquist is currently Professor of Social Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. He has written numerous publications and has functioned as the psychiatric consultant to the Distric Court System in Minneapolis.

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