The Psychiatrist as Expert Witness

The Psychiatrist as Expert Witness

by Thomas G. Gutheil
     
 

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The Psychiatrist as Expert Witness, Second Edition, by Dr. Gutheil, is a highly readable and practical update of his successful first edition. The focus of the new volume is to guide readers to become, improve, and successfully market a career as a psychiatric expert witness.

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The Psychiatrist as Expert Witness, Second Edition, by Dr. Gutheil, is a highly readable and practical update of his successful first edition. The focus of the new volume is to guide readers to become, improve, and successfully market a career as a psychiatric expert witness.

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Doodys Health Sciences Book Review Journal
This is a user-friendly, practical book about the unique aspects of work as an expert witness in psychiatry.
American Journal of Psychiatry
The text is an excellent reference for either the novice or seasoned practitioner encountering the ethical, clinical, and practical issues of the expert witness, as well as hazards and pitfalls inherent to this arena.
Focus, Harvard Medical School
...a thorough how-to manual for the psychiatrist who has testified and found it not so bad after all, and for all who might consider serving as expert witnesses voluntarily.
Gregg Bassett
This excellent new handbook attempts to provide the novice forensic psychiatric expert with helpful advice about the unique issues associated with work as an expert witness. It takes the reader through each step of a forensic case: initial negotiations with the attorney, the evaluation, discovery and depositions, common pitfalls, travel, and testimony in court. A useful section on the ethics of forensic psychiatry practice is appropriately placed early in the book. The author, Vice President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and an acknowledged leader in the field of forensic psychiatry, wrote this book with the goal of increasing the knowledge and skills of both the novice expert witness and of those contemplating the role for the first time. This practical and concise handbook succeeds in meeting these objectives. Although the book is targeted toward the novice expert witness, more seasoned experts will appreciate the model fee agreements provided in the appendixes. Senior psychiatry residents who have already read more formal textbooks of psychiatry and law and are considering additional training in forensic psychiatry will find this book a useful and quick introduction to the unique aspects of being an expert witness. The book features concise, readable chapters arranged in a logical format. The table of contents and glossary enable the reader to rapidly locate particular topics in the text. The appendixes, with sample fee agreements, are particularly unique, as is the advice on scheduling, travel, and marketing. The reader may wish to supplement the chapter on forensic report writing with additional materials. This is a user-friendly, practical book about theunique aspects of work as an expert witness in psychiatry. It does not substitute for a fellowship in forensic psychiatry, nor should it be read in lieu of a more formal textbook of psychiatry and law. However, as a practical guide to actually doing expert witness work, it is superb
Booknews
Provides practical advice for psychiatrists entering the law environment in the role of expert witness, guiding professionals through the legal process and highlighting pitfalls. Uses wit and an informal tone to describe the ethical, clinical, and functional role of the expert witness, and details aspects of case evaluation, discovery and depositions, and trials. Also covers writing reports, marketing, and fee agreements. A companion to The Psychiatrist in Court: A Survival Guide. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: Updated from the 1998 first edition, this book provides both introductory information and more advanced discussion of the many facets of the practice of forensic psychiatry.
Purpose: Directed at those early in their forensic careers, the book aims to enhance their knowledge and skill sets, while being a helpful reference for those considering entry into this interesting and challenging field.
Audience: Although penned primarily for those contemplating or beginning their careers in forensic psychiatry, it also may be useful for more experienced professionals as it provides some tried and true methods, tested by one of the leaders in the field.
Features: The author walks readers through much of the basics needed to understand the functions of a forensic expert and provides some very practical information about an expert's interaction with the legal system, such as writing reports, testifying, and developing and marketing a forensic practice. Each chapter ends with a list of current and relevant suggested readings.
Assessment: I purchased the first edition of this book a few years after its publication, and it has served its purpose in my library. The second edition seems to retain the best of the previous edition, while updating and improving it extensively to mirror the current environment for forensic practitioners. The author's writing style is both entertaining and informative, and he has a unique ability to explain even the most complex concepts in an easily digestible manner. Readers benefit extensively from his experience and comprehensive knowledge base. In addition, the valuable appendixes contain sample fee agreements and consent forms, which can be frustrating and time consuming to construct from scratch. This should be on the reference shelf of both new and experienced forensic practitioners.
WILLIAM H. REID

The second edition of Dr. Gutheil's classic for nonforensic and new forensic psychiatrists issignificantly revised and better than the first, but retains its conveniently small size. The book is concise, well organized, and eminently readable. The principles are clear and the advice very practical, with many case illustrations and examples of the author's dry wit (don't try that during testimony).

M.D. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry Bradley W. Freeman

Dr. Gutheil's guide for the expert witness is a bright lighthouse for practitioners who are eager to navigate the difficult yet exciting waters of forensic psychiatry. Psychiatrists new to the forensic arena ill greatly benefit from the author's exhaustive experiences and gain confidence in undertaking this type of work.

Bradley W. Freeman
Dr. Gutheil's guide for the expert witness is a bright lighthouse for practitioners who are eager to navigate the difficult yet exciting waters of forensic psychiatry. Psychiatrists new to the forensic arena ill greatly benefit from the author's exhaustive experiences and gain confidence in undertaking this type of work.

(M.D. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585628933
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/20/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
165
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Phillip J. Resnick

A lifetime of forensic wisdom is crystalized in this highly readable, practical guide. No book is better for the beginning expert.

Bradley W. Freeman
Dr. Gutheil's guide for the expert witness is a bright lighthouse for practitioners who are eager to navigate the difficult yet exciting waters of forensic psychiatry. Psychiatrists new to the forensic arena ill greatly benefit from the author's exhaustive experiences and gain confidence in undertaking this type of work.(The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry)
William H. Reid
The second edition of Dr. Gutheil's classic for nonforensic and new forensic psychiatrists issignificantly revised and better than the first, but retains its conveniently small size. The book is concise, well organized, and eminently readable. The principles are clear and the advice very practical, with many case illustrations and examples of the author's dry wit (don't try that during testimony).(MD, MPH, Journal of Psychiatric Practice)
Kenneth S. Pope

Even better than the classic first edition! No expert witness should set foot in a courtroom without reading this wise, informative, and user-friendly guide written by a giant in the field. An invaluable gift to both beginning and seasoned experts.

James T. Hilliard
Dr. Gutheil has created a work that provides excellent advice and guidance to both the 'beginning' and seasoned expert... A 'must read' for all clinicians interested in this area of practice.
—(James T. Hilliard, Esq., General Counsel, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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