Considerations Regarding the Legal Responsibilities of Schizophrenic Patients
Psychiatrists who testify as expert witnesses in courts of law are presented with a complex and difficult task. They are asked to express an expert opinion regarding the mental state of an individual accused of a criminal act. An especially difficult aspect of this task is the expectation that the psychiatrist will be able to define the relationship between the mental disease as diagnosed in the accused and the criminal act itself.
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