January 31, 1966

Forensic Psychiatry

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by Henry A. Davidson, ed 2; 473 pp, $10, New York: Ronald Press Co., 1965.

JAMA. 1966;195(5):399-400. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100050107049

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In 1952, after 25 years in which no particularly noteworthy contributions about the psychiatrist and the law were published, two texts on the subject appeared. One of these was the first edition of this book. A Journal review of the book at that time noted, "An attempt is made to establish a bridge of understandable communication between medicine and the law." This attempt has been largely successful, and the book has aided many psychiatrists through the years. This second edition expands upon the helpful material of the first and adds some new features demanded by subsequent legal developments.

One completely new chapter discusses the psychiatrist and the laws relating to narcotic addiction and presents the legal problems which the physician faces in treating addicts, as well as the background of court decisions which have influenced doctors to stay away from attempting to treat addicts. The contrasting views between medicine and

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