The Psychiatrist as Expert Witnessby Thomas G. Gutheil
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.See more details below
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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.
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.
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).
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)
- American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
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- 2 MB
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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A lifetime of forensic wisdom is crystalized in this highly readable, practical guide. No book is better for the beginning expert.
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, Esq., General Counsel, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
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