Since c. 1960 the interplay of psychiatry and law has emerged from an elective seminar to a topic of national prominence. In its breadth and coverage, Ralph Slovenko's two-volume Psychiatry and Law/Law in Psychiatry provides a critical exposition of the many practices and basic premises of law and psychiatry. It is a complete text for psychiatry residents or law students and an invaluable reference for practicing professionals in each field. New approaches for practitioners are provided as well as material to assist them in preparing and documenting their cases. Psychiatry and Law/Law in Psychiatry is rooted in Dr. Slovenko's previously published work, Psychiatry and Law (Little & Brown 1973), which received the American Psychiatric Association's prestigious Manfred Guttmacher award.
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Professor Slovenko was editor in chief of the Tulane Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif while in law school. His wide background has included serving as law clerk to Louisiana Supreme Court Justice E. Howard McCaleb, Fulbright Scholar in France, New Orleans senior assistant district attorney, practicing attorney, U.S. District Court Commissioner (for Judge J. Skelly Wright), residency in psychiatry and faculty appointments at Tulane, Kansas and the Menninger Foundation. He has been at Wayne State since 1969. His bibliography of more than 20 books and 200 articles ranges over a diverse field. He is editor of the American Series in Behavioral Science and Law, and he is a regular commentator in the Journal of Psychiatry and Law. He writes a weekly column in the Detroit Legal News. He has lectured in various countries including Australia, France, Israel, Japan, Russia (Soviet Union) and South Africa.Review:
..."provides a very thorough overview. The reference notes at the end of each chapter provide insight into the legal, professional and personal points that are made, frequently making the book read more like an interesting novel."-American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, Volume 24, No. 1, 2003 "Ralph Slovenko has written a dynamic textbook that will not collect dust on your bookshelf. If you are a practicing forensic psychiatrist, read it and reference it. If you are a forensic resident, add it to your reading list. If you are a general psychiatrist or general psychiatry resident, the malpractice chapters speak to the heart of your everyday work."-Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Volume 31, 2003 "At least once in a career, every forensic psychiatrist should read a forensic psychiatry textbook from cover to cover. If you have not done so recently, I have just the two-volume textbook for you. Ralph Slovenko's "Psychiatry in Law/Law in Psychiatry tellls the intriguing, informative, comprehensive story of forensic psychiatry."-Deboraj Giorgi-Guarnieri, JD, MD, Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Volume 31, 2003 "A book that anyone serious about law and psychiatry should have...it should be read cover to cover."-American Journal of Psychiatry, Feb 2004
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