Psychosurgery and the Kaimowitz Case

  • David B. Wexler
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 4)


Though it was argued in the preceding chapter that the Tarasoff case may, in the long run, generally enhance therapy, some current critics of the controversial decision believe Tarasoff will curtail effective treatment and thus lead to increased violence. Some critics believe, too, that the case will motivate mental health professionals, anxious to protect themselves from Tarasoff-type liability, to outdo their previous efforts in overpredicting violence and in triggering the commitment of patients who utter violent threats.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • David B. Wexler
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  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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