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July 7, 2004

Forensic Psychiatry

JAMA. 2004;292(1):109-110. doi:10.1001/jama.292.1.109

Richard Rosner has been active in the leadership of forensic psychiatry for the last several decades. He is well known to all in the field, and it is difficult to claim objectivity when discussing his work.

There have been three milestone publications in the intellectual development of forensic psychiatry in the United States: Isaac Ray's A Treatise on the Medical Jurisprudence of Insanity (1838), Ralph Slovenko's Psychiatry and Law (1973), and the first edition of Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry (1994). Now, more than 110 authors have contributed to the new second edition, each an expert in a specific field. The book is detailed and encyclopedic with nine parts, each with its own editor. The text is usually sufficient to cover any topic of interest, but when more information is needed, chapters offer comprehensive lists of references. Each chapter also ends with a summary.