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Once based largely on anecdotal material and thus considered mystifying and idiosyncratic, forensic psychiatry has come into its own as an exciting and uniquely rewarding specialty.This groundbreaking work, designed as the conceptual successor to The Psychiatrist as Expert Witness (American Psychiatric Publishing 1998), covers subject areas that—despite extensive ad hoc discussions in professional forums—have until now lacked systematic exploration. Here, two leading forensic practitioners present the first truly comprehensive overview of previously unavailable data from actual forensic practice. Focusing on the privately retained practitioner within the civil context of America’s legal system, this incomparable reference examines forensic practice from basics to trial, covering case preparation, fee agreements and finances (including model fee agreement guidelines), attorney-expert relations (such previously taboo topics as use of the expert’s name without consent—i.e., the ''phantom expert''—and attorney pressures on the expert witness), the pitfalls of cross-examination, and issues in forensic countertransference. Extensively annotated and indexed, this unique volume also features vignettes of real-life ethical dilemmas that defy clear resolution, such as the misuse of research funds, sexual misconduct, and malpractice. Intended to foster and improve the dialogue and understanding between clinical and legal professionals, this in-depth book by top practitioners is certain to raise the standards of forensic practice and become an essential reference in this complex and uniquely challenging field.
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