Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
When a mother kills her baby, we are both fascinated and repelled, as
reflected in the media frenzy that typically ensues. Infanticide provides an opportunity to open our hearts and minds and a challenge
to balance advocacy and science.
The excellent chapter on criminal defense should be required reading
for every psychiatry resident. The topic forces us to integrate knowledge
from different fields of inquiry, as the chapter covers forensics, reproductive
issues, diagnostic classification, and unsolved problems. The author writes,
"Flying in the face of ‘mother love,' infanticide both shocks common
notions of decency and calls out for punishment at law."
Gise LH. Infanticide. JAMA. 2003;289(23):3178-3179. doi:10.1001/jama.289.23.3178