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The author has portrayed many problems in legal psychiatry in a clear-cut and practical manner. He does not use incomprehensible psychiatric terminology and presents a complete glossary of terms within the framework of the book.
In this day and age when neuropsychiatry is so intimately interwoven and where the neurologist is called upon frequently to render psychiatric opinion (and vice versa) several chapters would be of great value to the neurologist. Dr. Davidson's chapters on "Examination of the Defendant," "Personal Injury Evaluation," "Last Will and Testament," "Malingering," and "Competency and Contracts of the Mentally Ill" are clearly portrayed as to the responsibility of the examining neuropsychiatrist.
In Part 2, Dr. Davidson portrays practical aspects of testimony, court appearance, records, cross examination, and court room etiquette. These could be of great value to any physician who either elects or is requested to testify.
In all, Forensic Psychiatry is a book which
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