Medicolegal Psychopharmacology

  • Thomas G. Gutheil


Clinicians in all fields of medicine, including psychiatry, have become acutely conscious of the problems posed by the threat of liability. In psychopharmacology, courts and attorneys are able to understand and see some of the concrete actions of the pharmacological agents, in contrast to the relatively cloudy effects of psychotherapy, thus increasing the likelihood of litigation. In this context, clinicians must understand the medicolegal issues that surround, limit, and influence their practice of psychopharmacology.


Tardive Dyskinesia Therapeutic Alliance Informed Consent Process Refuse Treatment Competent Patient 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas G. Gutheil
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    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Program in Psychiatry and the LawMassachusetts Mental Health CenterBostonUSA

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