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NCJ Number: 70900 Find in a Library
Title: Uses of Psychiatry in the Law - A Clinical View of Forensic Psychiatry
Author(s): W Bromberg
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 452
Sponsoring Agency: Greenwood Publishing Group
Westport, CT 06881-5007
Sale Source: Greenwood Publishing Group
88 Post Road West
P.O. Box 5007
Westport, CT 06881-5007
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A comprehensive discussion of the relationship between psychiatry and the law is provided by one of America's leading authorities on forensic psychiatry.
Abstract: A history of the application of psychology to legal matters is sketched, and then the legal rules which govern the testimony of a psychiatrist in court are discussed. The following fundamental psychological issues which must be dealt with by the legal system are examined: when the accused is competent to stand trial, what constitutes diminished responsibility, and when the accused is innocent by reason of insanity. The changing legal perception of these issues is explored by examining prominent cases and opinions. The many kinds of mental and emotional aberrations which can lead to criminal behavior are examined, including how the convulsive state can lead to violent crimes, as well as the criminal activity that can result from sexual problems, drug addiction, and family upsets. The impact of psychiatry on civil law is also treated, with the psychological issues that can arise in personal injury, worker's compensation, and other tort actions, as well as in professional liability cases considered in detail. The material is drawn from actual cases. A subject index and a bibliographic essay are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Civil proceedings; Competency to stand trial; Criminal responsibility; Expert witnesses; Forensic psychiatry; Insanity defense
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