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American Psychiatric Press Review of Clinical Psychiatry and the Law

Edited by Robert I. Simon, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-377-3
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In keeping with previous volumes in this series, this latest edited collection addresses emerging legal pressure points in clinical psychiatric practice.

Supported by recent references to case law, case vignettes, and useful assessment tools, this volume offers guidelines to clinicians on such issues as establishing an appropriate standard of disclosure in informed consent, dealing with the problem of dual loyalties, assessing patient suicide risk, and following proper procedure in the event a patient does commit suicide.


  • Assessing Suicide Risk.

    Clinical risk management of suidical patients: assessing the unpredictable.

    Psychiatric Hospitalization: Ethical and Legal Dilemmas.

    Risk management in Veterans Administration mental health clinics. Choices in administrative psychiatry: risk and liability in decision making. Psychiatric hospital liability for suicide. Recent trends in psychiatric liability.

    Perspectives on Dual Loyalties in the Practice of Psychiatry.

    Introduction to dual loyalties. Conflicting loyalties in the practice of psychiatry: some philosophical reflections. The lessons from history: physicians' dual loyalty in the Nazi death camps. Death row inmates: evaluation and treatment. High noon in the courtroom: an overview of the psychiatric expert as hired gun. Correctional psychiatry. Dual loyalties in custody cases and elsewhere in child and adolescent psychiatry. The psychiatrist-administrator in the economic crossfire. Dual loyalties: conclusion.

    Informed Consent in the Practice of Psychiatry: Features.

    Recent legal developments and psychiatry. Expert opinion: a case of therapist-patient sexual misconduct. The psychiatrist in the courtroom: the trial of a sexual misconduct case. Index of cases.

About the Authors

Robert I. Simon, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Program in Psychiatry and Law, at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He is board certified in both psychiatry and forensic psychiatry and is engaged in full-time private practice.

Dr. Simon is performing an outstanding service in the area of psychiatry and the law. This book¿like the previous two in the series—is a work of wide-ranging scope, thoroughly covering the topics undertaken. It is a good book. Accolades to Dr. Simon.—American Journal of Psychiatry

Overall, this informative book (and series of volumes edited by Simon) will provide a good, broad-spectrum education and add to the sophistication of the psychiatric reader concerning the trends in the law and its oft-dubious rationale.—Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Throughout, these articles are well written, thoroughly researched, and carefully edited. I would recommend these volumes to every forensic psychiatrist who wants to keep up with the field and to every general psychiatrist who would like to be on the cutting edge and obtain an expert perspective on the major issues in forensic psychiatry as they effect daily practice. These volumes are surely of value in educating practitioners not toward becoming defensive in their practice, but to enable them to be reasonable and thoughtful in their care of their patients.—Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

[This book] is a worthwhile investment for any clinician seeking the latest word on malpractice liability trends.—Phillip J. Resnick, M.D., Director of Forensic Psychiatry, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University

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