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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
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.