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November 18, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(21):1782-1784. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640210052024

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The Forensic Position of the Practitioner  An interesting paper, published quite recently by Dr. Herlatschek, and discussed at a meeting of the Forensic Society, deals with the problems facing the practitioner whenever his patients come in contact with the law. Of course, psychiatric cases come first in this respect. Here the physician is under the control of the public, so to say, and many interesting cases show manifestly that clinical psychiatry has yet a good deal to learn. Especially is psychanalysis often not enough, often too much, concerned. Here lie many stumbling blocks for the physician, and the public is only too quick to grasp any mistake or blunder. Therefore, medical circles demand a strict explanation by the law as to which cases should be termed mentally deranged, for "causal connection," "responsibility" and "free will" are expressions often used at the discretion of the law. Another point on which the

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