Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry, 2Ed / Edition 2

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Overview

The second edition of this award-winning textbook has been thoroughly revised and updated throughout. Building on the success of the first edition, the book continues to address the History and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry, Legal Regulation of the Practice of Psychiatry, Psychiatry in relation to Civil Law, Criminal Law, and Family Law. Important sections such as Special Issues in Forensic Psychiatry, Law and the Legal System, and Landmark Cases in Mental Health Law are included. Designed to meet the needs of practitioners of forensic psychiatry, for residents in forensic psychiatry, and those preparing for the specialty examination in Forensic Psychiatry of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, this volume will also answer the many questions faced by mental health professionals, mental health administrators, correctional health professionals and correctional health administrators, attorneys, judges, probation and parole officers and administrators all of whom, at one time or another, require a substantive presentation of the entire field of forensic psychiatry in the USA.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is the long awaited second edition of a well-received forensic psychiatry textbook. It is written by many renowned practitioners of forensic psychiatry, mental health law, and neuropsychology, and once again edited by Dr. Richard Rosner of the New York University Medical Center.
Purpose: This book has been updated to keep pace with the ever-changing field of forensic psychiatry. As laws and case laws continue to evolve, the authors attempt to explain the changes and relate court decisions to issues relevant in clinical practice of this complex subspecialty.
Audience: The primary audience is "practitioners of forensic psychiatry, residents in forensic psychiatry, and those preparing for the specialty examination in Forensic Psychiatry. However, the authors also hope it will be relevant to mental health professionals and administrators, correctional mental health providers and administrators, and attorneys, judges, and probation and parole officers.
Features: The book is divided into nine sections and 92 chapters. It begins with historical perspectives of the field and ends with a discussion of landmark cases in forensic psychiatry. The most weighty and clinically relevant section is the seventh, which addresses special clinical issues in forensic psychiatry. Each chapter is written or revised by a well known author within the field, and much of the book has been updated to reflect changes since the first edition was published in 1994. Particularly relevant additions include chapters regarding the liability of the forensic psychiatrist, sexual harassment, adolescent sexual offenders, substance abuse and addiction, as well as a more comprehensive look at the issue of sex offender treatment, risk assessment and the legislation that dictates it. Each chapter includes an extensive list of up-to-date references helpful for exploring a desired topic further.
Assessment: The revisions are particularly important for today's practice of forensic psychiatry and the second edition does not disappoint. Information is presented in a clear and concise manner, making even the unseasoned practitioner better able to understand complex issues. Yet some of the information, especially in the first section, has gone virtually unaltered. Also, while summaries of the landmark cases are quite interesting, they can be simplistic, especially for those in the practice of mental health law. Thus, they should be used only as reference, with consultation of the actual cases for more reasoned explanations. However, this does not distract from the mission of the book. Dr. Rosner's book provides an excellent balance of information and succinctness, proving its value to anyone having contact with the mental health field.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD(University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is the long awaited second edition of a well-received forensic psychiatry textbook. It is written by many renowned practitioners of forensic psychiatry, mental health law, and neuropsychology, and once again edited by Dr. Richard Rosner of the New York University Medical Center.
Purpose: This book has been updated to keep pace with the ever-changing field of forensic psychiatry. As laws and case laws continue to evolve, the authors attempt to explain the changes and relate court decisions to issues relevant in clinical practice of this complex subspecialty.
Audience: The primary audience is "practitioners of forensic psychiatry, residents in forensic psychiatry, and those preparing for the specialty examination in Forensic Psychiatry. However, the authors also hope it will be relevant to mental health professionals and administrators, correctional mental health providers and administrators, and attorneys, judges, and probation and parole officers.
Features: The book is divided into nine sections and 92 chapters. It begins with historical perspectives of the field and ends with a discussion of landmark cases in forensic psychiatry. The most weighty and clinically relevant section is the seventh, which addresses special clinical issues in forensic psychiatry. Each chapter is written or revised by a well known author within the field, and much of the book has been updated to reflect changes since the first edition was published in 1994. Particularly relevant additions include chapters regarding the liability of the forensic psychiatrist, sexual harassment, adolescent sexual offenders, substance abuse and addiction, as well as a more comprehensive look at the issue of sex offender treatment, risk assessment and the legislation that dictates it. Each chapter includes an extensive list of up-to-date references helpful for exploring a desired topic further.
Assessment: The revisions are particularly important for today's practice of forensic psychiatry and the second edition does not disappoint. Information is presented in a clear and concise manner, making even the unseasoned practitioner better able to understand complex issues. Yet some of the information, especially in the first section, has gone virtually unaltered. Also, while summaries of the landmark cases are quite interesting, they can be simplistic, especially for those in the practice of mental health law. Thus, they should be used only as reference, with consultation of the actual cases for more reasoned explanations. However, this does not distract from the mission of the book. Dr. Rosner's book provides an excellent balance of information and succinctness, proving its value to anyone having contact with the mental health field.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340806647
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/2003
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 896
  • Sales rank: 1,250,004
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Rosner, MD is Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine; Director, Forensic Psychiatry Residency, New York University Medicine Center; and Medical Director, Forensic Psychiatry Clinic, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, USA.

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Table of Contents

History and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry
Legal regulation of psychiatric practice
Forensic evaluation and treatment in the criminal justice system
Civil law
Family law and domestic relations
Correctional psychiatry
Special clinical issues in forensic psychiatry
Basic issues in law
Landmark cases in forensic psychiatry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2003

    BRAND NEW FOR 2003

    Professor Adams must be referring to the second printing of the first edition. This is the second edition, just released in February 2003 and I can assure you that it has many new pages. Ronnie Harmon, M.A., M.Phil., Bellevue Hospital Center, Forensic Psychiatry Clinic. Section Editor of PPFP.

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    Posted May 5, 2005

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    I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS BOOK. I FOUND IT TO BE TOO SIMPLISTIC AND NOT VERY HELPFUL. I DO NOT RECOMMEND WASTING YOUR MONEY ON THIS BOOK.

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