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.
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