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For some practicing psychiatrists, the prospect of going to court is as welcome an idea as surgery without anesthesia. Every psychiatrist has heard colleagues' lurid tales of their appearances in court -- whether as defendants or as an expert witnesses -- where merciless lawyers dissected their testimony in public, leaving their professional reputation in tatters. Unfortunately, court appearances are becoming a fact of life in today's litigious society. Knowledge and preparation are necessary to prevent court proceedings from damaging your reputation.
The Psychiatrist in Court: A Survival Guide will help you navigate the dangers lurking beneath the surface of the courtroom appearance. To lessen your dread and quell your fears about this stressful situation, this book succinctly illustrates the basics of the legal process, including the setting, the assumptions, the personnel, and the issues and techniques involved. Drawing on his internationally recognized expertise as a forensic psychiatrist and expert witness, Dr. Thomas Gutheil describes the legal process step by step from the subpoena and deposition to the actual trial and describes the surprises and pitfalls that lay in your path. He outlines different approaches to testifying on the witness stand and discusses the various roles a psychiatrist may play in court procedure.
Mixing humor and a cheerful informality, Dr. Gutheil uses examples drawn from hundreds of actual cases and countless consultations with colleagues to show you how to deal with the legal system successfully.
Practical, readable, and supportive, The Psychiatrist in Court: A Survival Guide contains all the hands-on tips you will need to face your courtroom appearance with confidence and aplomb. Because knowledge and preparation are the keys to a successful trial experience, this book is a guide that you cannot be without.
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Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Co-Director of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. His textbook, Clinical Handbook of Psychiatry and the Law, co-authored with Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D., received the Manfred S. Guttmacher award as the outstanding contribution to the forensic psychiatry literature. He is also the recipient of Le Prix Pinel awarded by the International Academy of Law and Mental Health for outstanding contributions to teaching and research in the forensic realm. He was 1995 "Teacher of the Year," elected at the United States Psychiatric Congress. He received the Seymour Pollock Award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law for outstanding contributions to the teaching of forensic psychiatry.Review:
" "The Psychiatrist in Court: A Survival Guide" and "The Psychiatrist as Expert Witness"are tightly written, succinct paperbacks.... Although these books serve quite different purposes, they are highly complementary and the author frequently refers the reader from one to the other.... Dr. Gutheil's style is readable and entertaining. He generously recounts many interesting anecdotes from his personal experience in depositions and courtrooms... [and] has included many practical outlines and checklists in both volumes.... [B]oth of these books are very useful and will be enjoyed and appreciated by psychiatrists who are anticipating their days in court. The reader will benefit greatly from Dr. Thomas Gutheil's wit, wisdom, and experience."-- "Journal of Clinical Psychiatry"
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Book Description American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX088048764X
Book Description American Psychiatric Publishin, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11088048764X