Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law

  • Richard Rosner

Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Fundamental Considerations

  3. Violence and Dangerousness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Jacques M. Quen
      Pages 43-55
    3. Graham Hughes
      Pages 57-90
  4. Aspects of Psychiatry and the Civil Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Jonas R. Rappeport
      Pages 93-106
    3. Robert L. Sadoff
      Pages 119-129
  5. Adolescent Psychiatry and the Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Peter D. Guggenheim, Richard Garmise
      Pages 167-183
  6. Scientific Truth Detection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Morris Herman
      Pages 187-194
    3. Brian E. Lynch
      Pages 195-209
    4. Martin T. Orne
      Pages 211-245
  7. Special Topics in Forensic Psychiatry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Daniel W. Schwartz
      Pages 249-263
    3. Norman Weiss
      Pages 265-276
    4. Richard Rosner
      Pages 277-289
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 301-307

About this book


As President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), it is a pleasure to write this foreword. Dr. Richard Rosner deserves full credit for helping AAPL pursue its educational goals by publishing a series of books. Consumerism and the civil rights movement have dramatically changed the practice of American psychiatry over the last 2 decades. Extensive legal regulation now makes it necessary for both general and forensic psychiatrists to keep abreast of changing laws. The contents of Volume II of Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law demonstrate Dr. Rosner's gift for selecting and editing important theoretical and practical articles. This volume addresses a broad range of forensic issues. The pen­ dulum-like swings of laws regarding civil commitment and insanity are clearly illuminated by Dr. Quen's contribution, "Violence, Psychiatry, and the Law." A review of historical psychiatric testimony supporting insanity defenses on the bases of homicidal mania, moral insanity, and phrenological evidence should make modern forensic psychiatrists hum­ ble. However, some of our colleagues continue to testify that defendants were unable to refrain from criminal conduct because of CT evidence of schizophrenia, pathological gambling, or the effects of junk food. Excellent theoretical discussions are presented by Dr. Macklin ("A Philosophical Perspective on Ethics and Forensic Psychiatry") and Mr. Hughes ("Legal Aspects of Predicting Dangerousness"). These chapters present thorough, up-to-date, scholarly analyses of complex issues from the vantage point of non psychiatrists.


CT Syndrom computed tomography (CT) education emotion ethics insanity psychiatry psychopathology regulation schizophrenia syndromes violence

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Rosner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, School of MedicineNew York UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Forensic Psychiatry Clinic for the New York Criminial and Supreme Courts (First Judicial District)New YorkUSA

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