The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry, Second Edition

  • 2010
  • 726 pages

ISBN 978-1-58562-378-5
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  • Description

    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.

  • Contents

    Contributors
    Foreword
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    PART I: INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY
    Chapter 1. Rediscovering Forensic Psychiatry
    Chapter 2. Introduction to the Legal System
    Chapter 3. Starting a Forensic Practice
    Chapter 4. The Expert Witness
    Chapter 5. Ethics in Forensic Psychiatry
    Chapter 6. Psychiatric Diagnosis in Litigation
    Chapter 7. The Forensic Psychiatric Examination and Report
    PART II: CIVIL LITIGATION
    Chapter 8. Professional Liability in Psychiatric Practice and Requisite Standard of Care
    Chapter 9. Competencies in Civil Law
    Chapter 10. Personal Injury Litigation and Forensic Psychiatric Assessment
    Chapter 11. Disability
    Chapter 12. The Workplace
    PART III: ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
    Chapter 13. Competency to Stand Trial and the Insanity Defense
    Chapter 14. Forensic Assessment of Sex Offenders
    Chapter 15. Correctional Psychiatry
    Chapter 16. Forensic Psychiatry and Law Enforcement
    PART IV: SPECIAL TOPICS
    Chapter 17. Malingering
    Chapter 18. Children and Adolescents
    Chapter 19. Forensic Geriatric Psychiatry
    Chapter 20. Personal Violence
    Chapter 21. Understanding Risk Assessment Instruments
    Chapter 22. Forensic Psychiatry and the Internet
    Chapter 23. Psychological Testing in Forensic Psychiatry
    Appendix: Glossary of Legal Terms
    Subject Index
    Legal Case Index

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  • Editorial Reviews

    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.—Doody Enterprises, Inc., Steven T. Herron, MD, 12/1/2011


    This is a well-written, thoughtfully organized compendium of information relevant to forensic psychiatry. This book should be part of the library of every clinician who has an interest in or clinical practice related to forensic psychiatry.—Barry Morenz, M.D., Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 12/1/2011

  • Contributors

    Alan A. Abrams, M.D., J.D.
    Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D.
    Peter Ash, M.D.
    Madelon V. Baranoski, Ph.D.
    Steven H. Berger, M.D.
    F. William Black, Ph.D.
    Brad Booth, M.D., FRCPC
    John Bradford, M.D., FRCPC
    J. Richard Ciccone, M.D.
    Albert M. Drukteinis, M.D., J.D.
    Joel A. Dvoskin, Ph.D., ABPP
    Alan R. Felthous, M.D.
    Liza H. Gold, M.D.
    Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D.
    Joshua C.W. Jones, M.D.
    James L. Knoll IV, M.D.
    H. W. LeBourgeois III, M.D.
    Jeffrey L. Metzner, M.D.
    Donald J. Meyer, M.D.
    Douglas Mossman, M.D.
    Debra A. Pinals, M.D.
    Marilyn Price, M.D.
    Stephen L. Read, M.D.
    Patricia R. Recupero, J.D., M.D.
    Charles L. Scott, M.D.
    Michael C. Seto, Ph.D.
    Daniel W. Shuman, J.D.
    Robert I. Simon, M.D.
    John W. Thompson Jr., M.D.
    Robert Weinstock, M.D.
    Robert M. Wettstein, M.D.

  • About 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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