Landmark Cases in Forensic Psychiatry

Landmark Cases in Forensic Psychiatry

by Elizabeth Ford, Merrill Rotter
     
 

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Forensic psychiatry (the interface of psychiatry and the law), forensic psychology, and mental health law are growing and evolving subspecialties in their respective larger disciplines. Topics included in these fields include a range as diverse as capital sentencing guidelines, informed consent, and standards of care for mental health treatment. All of these… See more details below

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Forensic psychiatry (the interface of psychiatry and the law), forensic psychology, and mental health law are growing and evolving subspecialties in their respective larger disciplines. Topics included in these fields include a range as diverse as capital sentencing guidelines, informed consent, and standards of care for mental health treatment. All of these topics need to be understood and mastered by clinicians, educators, administrators and attorneys working with psychiatric patients. This book brings together concise, comprehensive summaries of the most important "landmark" legal decisions relating to mental health practice in the United States. These decisions, along with their underlying reasonings, make up a critical portion of the national certification examination for forensic psychiatry offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Many of the themes are also tested in the ABPN certification examination for general psychiatry. This book is the first to provide a combination of summaries of the relevant legal content paired with board-style test questions designed to help consolidate knowledge and prepare for certification. Cases with similar themes are grouped together with an eye toward helping the reader understand the evolution of legal and clinical thinking on a particular topic. This book represents an important addition to the study tools and textbooks available related to psychiatry and the law and will serve as a useful reference for clinicians who must follow established legal requirements in their field.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: This short work offers brief summaries of legal cases highlighted by American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) for their importance in the ever-changing landscape of medical and mental health treatment.
Purpose: Designed to consolidate landmark cases for easy access and quick review, this book attempts to address the main question answered by the various courts in these cases.
Audience: The authors "designed this book with forensic psychiatry and psychology trainees and practicing clinicians in mind," although it is relevant for anyone interested in gaining an appreciation of the development of specific rights within the healthcare system.
Features: Grouped into five sections that focus on "broad topic areas," the chapters concentrate on narrow ideas to delineate specific concepts important for a global understanding of the topic. For each landmark case, a web-based link is provided to the full text for more detailed investigation. Sections end with a series of 20 - 30 multiple choice questions followed by the correct answers and detailed reasoning for the choices.
Assessment: As a practicing forensic psychiatrist, I am familiar with the review course the authors mention and own the flashcards they refer to in the introduction. While this book had the potential for redundancy, it meets its goal, providing concise explanations and extensive resources for further exploration when needed. The questions are relevant and illustrate many of the vital concepts discussed in the case summaries. I imagine this book will become a favorite of those studying for the ABPN's Forensic Psychiatry Board Examination, but it will also be useful as a quick reference tool for forensic practitioners.
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This book provides trenchant, short summaries of Landmark cases that facilitate study for forensic psychiatry board exams.

Phillip J. Resnick, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University and Course Director, Forensic Psychiatry Review Course

"Drs. Ford, Rotter and their colleagues have assembled a supremely practical collection of summaries of landmark cases in law and psychiatry. Among the terrific features of this volume are links that enable readers to access each case online, and a set of questions after each section that tests understanding of the cases. Trainees in forensic psychiatry and psychology-as well as experienced practitioners seeking to refresh their knowledge-will find this book indispensable." -- Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine & Law, Columbia University

"This short work offers brief summaries of legal cases highlighted by American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) for their importance in the ever-changing landscape of medical and mental health treatment. The questions are relevant and illustrate many of the vital concepts discussed in the case summaries. I imagine this book will become a favorite of those studying for the ABPN's Forensic Psychiatry Board Examination, but it will also be useful as a quick reference tool for forensic practitioners." Weighted Numerical Score: 96 - 4 Stars! -- Doody's Health Sciences Book Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199344659
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/24/2014
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,121,044
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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