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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alexander E. Obolsky, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book articulates, evaluates, and offers comment on psychological issues raised by the use of hypnosis in forensic settings.
Purpose: The authors achieve their objectives well through the use of rich case material as well as thorough review of laboratory research. Additionally, the authors offer thoughts on the obligations, requirements, and rights of those involved in the forensic setting, and they argue strongly for detailed guidelines to be used whenever hypnosis is used in forensics.
Audience: The audience for this book would have been limited to practitioners only, were it not for its exiting case studies. I recommend it to students in psychiatry and psychology in addition to practitioners.
Features: The authors review the known scientific evidence on the interrelationship among hypnosis, suggestibility, and memory, and they offer sound advice regarding repressed memories in clinical and forensic settings. Their guidelines for the use of hypnosis in forensic settings are well argued and merit serious consideration.
Assessment: This is an excellent volume where authors combine the richness of a case study with laboratory research findings in a useful and interesting way. The clarity of thinking and the ability to synthesize research, case studies, and the reality of forensic practice make this a welcome addition to a forensic professional's library.