The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry / Edition 2

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The Editors have once again assembled some of the foremost experts in forensic psychiatry for this thoroughly revised and expanded second edition of their classic text. A versatile resource, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry is valuable not only for practicing psychiatrists (both the general clinician and the forensic specialist) but also for psychiatric residents, those enrolled in forensic fellowship programs, and other mental health professionals. Organized around case examples and featuring an index of legal cases, the book provides the context clinicians require to navigate the legal system, understand their role as expert witnesses, and practice professionally and ethically.

Evolving with current trends to fill critical gaps, the book offer new chapters on forensic geriatric psychiatry and forensic psychiatry and the Internet, topics that will only increase in importance over time. It also offers an updated chapter on ethics, which takes into account the ongoing evolution and clarification of the ethical role of forensic psychiatrists; an extensively revised chapter on psychological testing; and thorough coverage of starting and managing a forensic psychiatry practice.

Current and exhaustive in coverage, the new edition will surely take its place as the preeminent textbook in the field.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: A revision of the first edition of 2004, this book attempts to address many of the meat and potatoes issues in the field of forensic psychiatry while detailing the latest research and information on topics such as geriatric forensic psychiatry and forensic issues involving the Internet.
Purpose: Compiled by authors with expertise in various general and subspecialty areas, this work is intended to educate general psychiatric practitioners on the concepts and standards of practice in forensic psychiatry.
Audience: Though aimed at general psychiatric practitioners with little to no direct formal experience with forensic psychiatry, this book is also useful for any mental health clinicians exposed to these issues, as well as trainees such as medical students, psychiatric residents, or fellows specializing in the field.
Features: There are a few tables, charts, graphs, and diagrams, but the overwhelming majority of the book is text. To add a clinical context, there are numerous case vignettes to illustrate practical application of concepts. Each chapter ends with sections of key points, practice guidelines, references, and suggested readings.
Assessment: As I previously reviewed the first edition of this book, my focus was to determine if this edition maintained the original's quality while adding recent, useful information. Readers of this edition will not be disappointed. The combination of theory and practical application is book's best asset, and the recent addition of subspecialty areas of forensic practice (including child and adolescent and geriatric issues, malingering, and psychological testing) provides its most weighty contributions. The real value of these chapters lies in the rich case examples and thoughtful and stimulating expert discussion which follows them.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585623785
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 726
  • Sales rank: 1,508,883
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert I. Simon, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Psychiatry and Law in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He is also Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

Liza H. Gold, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Director of the Program in Psychiatry and Law in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Foreword. Preface. Part I: Introduction to Forensic Psychiatry. Rediscovering forensic psychiatry. Introduction to the legal system. Starting a forensic practice. The expert witness. Ethics in forensic psychiatry. Psychiatric diagnosis in litigation. The forensic psychiatric examination and report. Part II: Civil Litigation. Professional liability in psychiatric practice and requisite standard of care. Competencies in civil law. Personal injury litigation and forensic psychiatric assessment. Disability. The workplace. Part III: Issues in Criminal Justice. Competency to stand trial and the insanity defense. Forensic assessment of sex offenders. Correctional psychiatry. Forensic psychiatry and law enforcement. Part IV: Special Topics. Malingering. Children and adolescents. Forensic geriatric psychiatry. Personal violence. Understanding risk assessment instruments. Forensic psychiatry and the internet. Psychological testing in forensic psychiatry. Appendix: glossary of legal terms. Subject index. Legal case index.

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