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.
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.
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.
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