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Books, Journals, New Media
November 10, 2004

Forensic Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;292(18):2276-2280. doi:10.1001/jama.292.18.2279

Forensic psychiatry, which was recognized as a medical specialty in 1992, is the application of psychiatric expertise to legal issues in legal contexts. Compared with most medical specialties, the scope of forensic psychiatry is unusually broad—from children (in child custody and visitation disputes) to the elderly (regarding competency to make a will), and even the deceased (for psychological autopsies, helping to determine if a death was a homicide, a suicide, or an accident).

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