Forensic Psychiatry

Influences of Evil

  • Tom┬áMason

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Tom Mason
    Pages 1-14
  3. Dave Holmes, Cary Federman
    Pages 15-30
  4. Brian Kean
    Pages 31-65
  5. Tamas Pataki
    Pages 67-87
  6. Tom Mason
    Pages 89-108
  7. Mick McKeown, Mark Stowell-Smith
    Pages 109-134
  8. Deidre N. Greig
    Pages 135-152
  9. David A. Winter
    Pages 153-177
  10. Stephen A. Diamond
    Pages 179-206
  11. Dave Mercer, Joel Richman
    Pages 207-230
  12. J. David Kinzie
    Pages 249-257
  13. Gwen Adshead
    Pages 259-271
  14. Marguerite La Caze
    Pages 273-293
  15. Michael Levine
    Pages 295-312
  16. Tom Mason, Joel Richman, Dave Mercer
    Pages 327-353
  17. Geri Miller, Ron Hood
    Pages 355-366
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 367-387

About this book


Many conscientious mental health professionals caring for disturbed patients have either unscientifically formulated for themselves notions of "evil" to explain the behavior of their patients, or have been given patients described by judges and the press as "evil." Although such notions may be deemed unscientific, beyond the purview of medicine, and better suited for discussion by theologians and moral philosophers, the fact remains that these notions of "evil" have a definite impact on the practice of psychiatry, if not all medical fields. In Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil, Tom Mason brings together an international panel of experts from diverse specialties to examine the idea of "evil" in a medical context, specifically a mental health setting, to consider how the concept can be usefully interpreted, and to elucidate its relationship to forensic psychiatry. The authors challenge the belief that the concept of "evil" plays no role in "scientific" psychiatry and is not helpful to our understanding of aberrant human thinking and behavior. Among the viewpoints up for debate are a consideration of organizations as evil structures, the "medicalization" of evil, destruction as a constructive choice, violence as a secular evil, talking about evil when it is not supposed to exist, and the influence of evil on forensic clinical practice. Among the highlights are a psychological exploration of the notion of "evil" and a variety of interesting research methods used to explore the nature of "evil."
Illuminating and provocative, Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil offers mental health professionals a challenging survey of how the concept of "evil" can be understood from a variety of viewpoints and integrated into forensic psychiatry.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tom┬áMason
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Health and Social CareUniversity of ChesterChesterUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Humana Press Inc. 2006
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-58829-449-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-59745-006-5
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