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Clinical Manual of Psychiatry and Law


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PrefaceChapter 1. Psychiatry and the LawChapter 2. The Doctor--Patient RelationshipChapter 3. Confidentiality and Testimonial PrivilegeChapter 4. Informed Consent and the Right to Refuse TreatmentChapter 5. Psychiatric TreatmentChapter 6. Seclusion and RestraintChapter 7. Involuntary HospitalizationChapter 8. The Suicidal PatientChapter 9. Psychiatric Responsibility and the Violent PatientChapter 10. Maintaining Treatment BoundariesAppendix A: Suggested ReadingsAppendix B: Glossary of Legal TermsIndex

About the Author

Robert I. Simon, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Psychiatry and Law at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Daniel W. Shuman, J.D., is Professor of Law at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.


By addressing many of the major legal concepts related to the care of mentally ill individuals, the authors are able to provide relevant information in a condensed, practical manner for individuals lacking significant experience in forensic psychiatry. Despite its content, the authors use easy to understand language and explain difficult concepts in a nonconfrontational manner. [Clinical Manual of Psychiatry and Law] is an invaluable reference and should be added to the library of all providers in the field of mental health. * Doody's Book Review Service *
Overall, this is a well-written manual that summarizes the law as it relates to the practice of mental health as well as provides possible solution to daily issues that clinicians may face. The book is not only informative but will be a useful reference for clinical who hope to take precautions to avoid undue litigation while not insulating themselves so much as to make patient care concerns secondary to fear of legal problems. This manual will be useful not only for mental health professionals but also for physicians in other fields -- primary care, family practice, internal medicine, emergency medicine -- who find themselves dealing with mental health issues in their regular practice. * J clin psychiatry *
This book should become a well thumbed addition to the libraries of practicing psychiatrists and trainees who want to provide competent care while being cognizant of the legal foundation for safe clinical practice. * The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law *

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