Psychiatry on Trial: Fact and Fantasy in the Courtroom

Full Title Psychiatry on Trial: Fact and Fantasy in the Courtroom
ISBN 0786410787
ISBN13 9780786410781
Publisher McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Authors Ben Bursten
Overview In some areas of the law, psychiatrists have become as much a part of the legal landscape as lawyers and litigants. Psychiatrists seem to have answers for everything, and often their speculations defy common sense and garner criticism from both the medical and legal communities. In this work, the author takes a close look at psychiatric testimony and examines the validity of what forensic psychiatrists do. Using depositions from actual cases and drawing from his own experiences, the author discusses the problem of misinformed professionals, appropriate and inappropriate testimony, and the legal principles that help distinguish good testimony from bad testimony. Also covered are a wide variety of psychiatric and legal issues, from worker's compensation and murder to child abuse and repressed memory to malpractice and sexual harassment.

Author Biography: Forensic psychiatrist and writer Ben Bursten, M. D., has practiced psychiatry for many years and currently specializes in consultations with other psychiatrists on clinical matters and working with attorneys as an expert witness. He lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Dimensions 6.04 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.43 (d)
Subjects Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology
Forensic Medicine


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