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The Psychiatrist as Expert Witness provides practical, hands-on instruction for your role as an expert witness. A companion volume to The Psychiatrist in Court: A Survival Guide, this book encapsulates, into a single user-friendly volume, the wisdom and experience of one of the world's leading forensic psychiatrists, Dr. Thomas Gutheil. Using wit and an informal tone, Dr. Gutheil describes the ethical, clinical, and functional role of the expert witness. He guides you through the details of case evaluation, discovery and depositions, and trials so that you can provide truthful, ethical, and effective testimony and avoid potential hazards and pitfalls. Sharing dozens of invaluable hints and practical advice on numerous subjects such as writing forensic reports, withstanding cross-examination, maintaining objectivity, marketing your services ethically, and concluding fee agreements, Dr. Gutheil helps smooth your way into this exciting field.
Armed with this knowledge and guidance, you will be fully prepared to embark on your career as an expert witness. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just a beginner, The Psychiatrist as Expert Witness is a reference that you cannot be without.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Co-Director of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. His textbook, Clinical Handbook of Psychiatry and the Law, co-authored with Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D., received the Manfred S. Guttmacher award as the outstanding contribution to the forensic psychiatry literature. He is also the recipient of Le Prix Pinel awarded by the International Academy of Law and Mental Health for outstanding contributions to teaching and research in the forensic realm. He was 1995 "Teacher of the Year," elected at the United States Psychiatric Congress. He received the Seymour Pollock Award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law for outstanding contributions to the teaching of forensic psychiatry.
The book contains no figures.
(MD, MPH, Journal of Psychiatric Practice )
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 )
|Preface: What This Book Is Meant to Do|
|1||Introduction: What Makes an Expert?||1|
|2||The Expert's Ethical Universe||11|
|4||Types of Typical Cases||41|
|5||Discovery and Depositions||59|
|6||The Expert in Trial||77|
|7||Some Pointers on Expert Witness Practice||97|
|8||Writing to and for the Legal System||101|
|9||Developing and Marketing a Forensic Practice||111|
|10||The Expert on the Road||119|
|App. 1||Standard Fee Agreement||131|
|App. 2||Detailed Fee Agreement||135|
|App. 3: Suggested Readings||139|