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