- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: Amer Psychiatric Pub Inc; 1 edition (January 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0880487631
- ISBN-13: 978-0880487634
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,731,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...a thorough how-to manual for the psychiatrist who has testified and found it not so bad after all... -- Focus, Harvard Medical School
...a thorough how-to manual for the psychiatrist who has testified and found it not so bad after all, and for all who might consider serving as expert witnesses voluntarily -- Focus, Harvard Medical School
...a work that provides excellent advice and guidance to both the 'beginning' and seasoned expert... A 'must read' -- James T. Hilliard, Esq., General Counsel, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge, Massachusetts
...an excellent reference for either the novice or seasoned practitioner...as well as hazards and pitfalls inherent to this arena -- American Journal of Psychiatry
Dr. Gutheil has created a work that provides excellent advice and guidance to both the 'beginning' and seasoned expert... A 'must read' for all clinicians interested in this area of practice -- James T. Hilliard, Esq., General Counsel, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The text is an excellent reference for either the novice or seasoned practitioner encountering the ethical, clinical, and practical issues of the expert witness, as well as hazards and pitfalls inherent to this arena -- American Journal of Psychiatry
This is a user-friendly, practical book about the unique aspects of work as an expert witness in psychiatry -- Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal
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If you are like many of your colleagues, you are intrigued by the practice of forensic psychiatry and find the intellectual challenge of bridging the gap between psychiatry and law stimulating. You may even wish to offer your services as an expert witness in legal proceedings. However, your enthusiasm is tempered by the all too real nightmare of a lawyer puncturing your testimony with pointed questions, simultaneously destroying your professional reputation. Furthermore, you face the prospect of establishing your practice in forensic psychiatry through a grueling process of trial and error, a procedure that may also tarnish your reputation. In order to leave the familiar surroundings of your clinical practice to enter this new environment, you need a comprehensive, how-to manual that can guide you through the legal process and your role as expert witness while highlighting the pitfalls strewn in your path.
The Psychiatrist as Expert Witness provides practical, hands-on instruction for your role as an expert witness. A companion volume to The Psychiatrist in Court: A Survival Guide, this book encapsulates, into a single user-friendly volume, the wisdom and experience of one of the world's leading forensic psychiatrists, Dr. Thomas Gutheil. Using wit and an informal tone, Dr. Gutheil describes the ethical, clinical, and functional role of the expert witness. He guides you through the details of case evaluation, discovery and depositions, and trials so that you can provide truthful, ethical, and effective testimony and avoid potential hazards and pitfalls. Sharing dozens of invaluable hints and practical advice on numerous subjects such as writing forensic reports, withstanding cross-examination, maintaining objectivity, marketing your services ethically, and concluding fee agreements, Dr. Gutheil helps smooth your way into this exciting field.
Armed with this knowledge and guidance, you will be fully prepared to embark on your career as an expert witness. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just a beginner, The Psychiatrist as Expert Witness is a reference that you cannot be without.
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Rather than treating the role and function of the expert psychiatric witness in a serious and somber manner, this book merely focuses on, and advocates the use of, annedoctal "tricks of the trade."
That such is the case should be particular disconcerting to the ethical psychiatrist, whose desire is not to advance a particular agenda at any cost, but whose true desire is to inform the court/jury via impartial and scientifically valid testimony.