Law in the Practice of Psychiatry

A Handbook for Clinicians

  • Seymour L. Halleck

Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction Psychiatry and Law—General Issues

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  3. Malpractice

  4. The Regulation of Psychiatric Practice by Legislative Bodies and the Courts

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  5. Expert Witness Roles

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-294

About this book


Once upon a time only forensic psychiatrists had much to do with law and the legal system. Now, hardly a day passes in the life of a clinician without some significant encounter with the interface between the law and the practice of psychiatry. That interface extends all the way from the general regulation of clinical practice to the specifics of clinical man­ agement of individual patients. It includes, like the chapters of this book, such important topics as informed consent, right to treatment, privilege and confidentiality, patients' rights, competency, psychiatric testimony, malpractice, and liability. Dr. Halleck is one of the professions' most distinguished thinkers and authors in the field of psychiatry and law, and is this year's recipient of the coveted Isaac Ray Award of the American Psychiatric Association. Having spent his entire academic and professional life deeply involved in the clinical practice of psychiatry, he is particularly well suited to understand and respond to the clinician's need for a clear and concise elucidation of those areas of psychiatry and law which are involved in the daily work of psychiatrists and all mental health professionals.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Seymour L. Halleck
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  1. 1.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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