The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry [NOOK Book]

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The new, second edition of this comprehensive text boasts coverage that is both expanded and reconfigured to focus on the most critical topics and the most up-to-date approaches in forensic psychiatry. The first edition rapidly became the gold standard in this maturing discipline because it was the first textbook designed and written for both the general clinician and the forensic psychiatrist.

This edition retains that versatility and extends its scope to include new issues in ...

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The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry

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Overview

The new, second edition of this comprehensive text boasts coverage that is both expanded and reconfigured to focus on the most critical topics and the most up-to-date approaches in forensic psychiatry. The first edition rapidly became the gold standard in this maturing discipline because it was the first textbook designed and written for both the general clinician and the forensic psychiatrist.

This edition retains that versatility and extends its scope to include new issues in the field. New features include: • A chapter on forensic geriatric psychiatry, a topic that grows in importance as our population ages• A chapter on forensic psychiatry and the Internet, which poses questions and raises issues that become more salient every day• An extensively revised chapter on psychological testing that addresses the administration and interpretation of the most current instruments in use in the field.

In addition, the Textbook has preserved the features that made it so successful in its first edition, updating them to reflect current knowledge and practice. These include: • An index of legal cases that provides the foundational knowledge and navigational tools to identify relevant precedents easily• Chapters that are organized around case examples and include reviews of key concepts, practical guidelines, and references for further reading. A study guide is also available to assist in teaching or preparing for the forensic board examination• A revised and updated chapter on ethics that takes into account the ongoing evolution and clarification of the ethical role of forensic psychiatrists• Thorough coverage of what it takes to set up and manage a forensic practice and deal with key players in law enforcement and the legal system• Detailed information about the role and responsibilities of the expert witness• A survey of the different categories of legal cases, including malpractice, disability, competency, and criminal • A detailed glossary of legal terms

Practicing psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, and those enrolled in forensic fellowship programs, as well as other mental health professionals, will find The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry, Second Edition a well-organized, truly practical text and reference.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: This comprehensive book compiled by numerous well known authors is a strong introduction to the complex concepts involved in the practice forensic psychiatry. It succeeds where other books have failed as it separates the wheat from the chaff, breaking down complicated ideas into digestible pieces.
Purpose: As this book suggests, most forensic examinations are completed by general psychiatrists without subspecialty training in the field. This book is meant to provide education about the legal system and the role of the psychiatric clinician, both general and forensic, in this specific arena. The book exceeds lofty expectations.
Audience: Primarily geared toward general psychiatry clinicians, this book explains basic concepts vital for understanding the complexities of the field. It also provides a succinct review of significant topics for forensic practitioners. Importantly, it should also be immensely valuable to those training in general psychiatry.
Features: While Part I of the book, "Introduction to Forensic Psychiatry," is well written, it is somewhat superfluous. The meat of the subspecialty is contained in the remaining portions covering civil litigation, criminal justice, and special topics. Particularly relevant, usually overlooked, and practical subjects include the practice of psychiatry in correctional settings, forensic psychiatry relating to law enforcement, and the use of actuarial scales in risk assessment.
Assessment: This book is wonderfully written in clear and concise language, managing to break down complicated topics into lucid, useful subject matter. And while it is not as comprehensive as Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry, 2nd edition, by Rosner (Arnold, 2003), it is much better suited for the less experienced or casual learner. In addition, it is a book that will undoubtedly be useful in the education of general psychiatry residents on a wide variety of forensic topics.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585629442
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/6/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 726
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 0.90 (h) x 0.03 (d)
  • File size: 4 MB

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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