Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for softwareHarriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
Owing to the complexity of modern litigation, a substantial need has developed for professionals who can interface between various disciplines and the law. Such forensic experts include engineers, accountants, medical specialists, architects, accident reconstructionists, chemists, and physicists. More than common sense, in more recent years they bring to the courtroom the capacity to render state-of-the-art, well-reasoned clarification of issues, rather than partisan "junk" testimony that aids the posturing of plaintiff or defendant but frequently burdens and confuses juries. Thomas Gutheil, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and codirector of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, has extensive experience in the role of expert witness, not just as an academic but also a seasoned combatant. The Psychiatrist as Expert Witness "is targeted to increasing the knowledge and skills of the beginning expert witness and of those contemplating this role for even the first time."
Psychiatry, CourtThe Psychiatrist as Expert Witness The Psychiatrist in Court: A Survival Guide. JAMA. 1998;279(23):1919. doi:10.1001/jama.279.23.1919-JBK0617-2-1