Psychiatry and the Law

Basic Principles

  • Tobias Wasser

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Tobias Wasser, Katherine Michaelsen
    Pages 1-8
  3. Simha E. Ravven
    Pages 9-19
  4. Amanda Yuan Sun, Tobias Wasser
    Pages 21-33
  5. Katherine Michaelsen
    Pages 35-51
  6. Stephanie Yarnell, Reena Kapoor
    Pages 53-61
  7. Kyle C. Walker
    Pages 75-84
  8. Maya Prabhu
    Pages 85-93
  9. Karsten M. Heil, Charles C. Dike
    Pages 95-108
  10. Scott Walmer
    Pages 109-119
  11. Ish P. Bhalla, Kevin V. Trueblood
    Pages 121-134
  12. Alexander Westphal
    Pages 135-145
  13. Lindsay Oberleitner
    Pages 147-162
  14. Carlos A. Salgado
    Pages 163-172
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 189-195

About this book


This book is specifically designed for new psychiatrists and all other medical professionals who lack the legal training necessary to confront ethical issues in the face of the judicial system.  Written by experts in the field, each chapter begins with a challenging case vignette synthesized from a historical legal case that places the reader in the role of the treatment administrator. The text presents details of the legal case, historical significance, and the precedent it sets before discussing the core principles of that particular subject area.  Each chapter reviews the existing literature and reinforces the most salient points. Topics include risk assessment, substance misuse and the law, issues with child and adolescent psychiatry in the courtroom, prescription medication considerations, and other challenges that are not often adequately addressed in training. The text is specifically designed for new psychiatrists and other professionals who are transitioning from

their studies into clinical practice, concisely explaining and defining the issues in a practical, reader-friendly tone suitable as both a quick-reference in a busy environment or as a resource for private study.

Forensic Psychiatry: Basic Principles is an excellent resource for new psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, students, and other professionals accommodating medical and correctional boundaries in practice.


Medical ethics in the judicial system Risk assessment Competence assessment Commitment Medical testimony

Editors and affiliations

  • Tobias Wasser
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineNew havenUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63147-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63148-6
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