Forensic Psychiatry (Oxford Specialist Handbooks in Psychiatry)

Forensic Psychiatry (Oxford Specialist Handbooks in Psychiatry)

By: Simone Fox (author), Nigel Eastman (author), Gwen Adshead (author), Richard Latham (author), Sean Whyte (author)Paperback

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Forensic Psychiatry is the first book to cover the clinical, legal and ethical issues for the treatment of mentally disordered offenders for all of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland jurisdictions. Written by an expert interdisciplinary team from the fields of both law and psychiatry, including the eminent Nigel Eastman who has engaged with many high-profile legal cases, this is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide which includes clinical observations, guidance and ethical advice across the psychiatric discipline. Uniquely focusing on the interface between psychiatry and law and including suggestions, using case examples, on how to navigate this interface successfully, this book contains clear guidance on all aspects of forensic psychiatry, for both mental health and legal professionals. It also contains extensive cross-referencing which allows the reader to access all the relevant clinical, legal and ethical information quickly and effectively. Alongside the practical advice on managing clinical and legal situations, there are also case examples, summaries of relevant legislation and introductions to different ethical approaches and clinical observations, derived from the experience of the authors. Also included are brief summaries of important legal cases and inquiries relevant to the subject.

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Sean Whyte is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist with CCTs in both general adult and forensic psychiatry. He has worked in a variety of hospital, community and secure institutional settings in both specialties and now leads the Community Forensic Team for South-West London, in addition to teaching and court work.


1. INTRODUCTION TO THE HANDBOOK ; 2. CLINICAL FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY ; Clinical and social aspects of crime ; Mental disorders in forensic psychiatry ; Assessment in forensic psychiatry ; Risk assessment ; Treatment ; Risk management ; Forensic psychiatry services ; 3. THE ETHICS OF FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY ; Ethical decision-making ; Professional duties and personal integrity ; Conflicting ethical values ; Clinical situations raising ethical issues ; 4. LAW RELEVANT TO PSYCHIATRY ; The interface between psychiatry and law ; Legal systems ; Criminal law ; Mental health and mental capacity law ; 5. PSYCHIATRY WITHIN THE LEGAL SYSTEM ; The criminal justice system ; Legal tests relevant to psychiatry ; Civil legal issues ; The psychiatrist in court ; Applied ethics and testimony ; Providing reports ; Giving evidence ; 6. APPENDICES ; Appendices

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/03/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780199562824
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 712
  • ID: 9780199562824
  • weight: 342
  • ISBN10: 0199562822

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