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, combining psychiatric knowledge of homicidal behavior with actual case material. Dr. Malmquist draws on his extensive background in

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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, combining psychiatric knowledge of homicidal behavior with actual case material. Dr. Malmquist draws on his extensive background in forensic psychiatry and consultancy experience in hundreds of murder cases, providing 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.

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 reflected to make this book as timely as it is authoritative -- an essential reference not only for mental health professionals but also for anyone working in criminal law.

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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

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