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June 1993

Forensic Neuropsychology: Legal and Scientific Bases

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1993;50(6):566-567. doi:10.1001/archneur.1993.00540060008005

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The criminal and civil courts are busier than ever. In criminal settings, the legal system is interested in the effect of brain function on criminal behavior. In civil settings, the court may be concerned with the effect of illness or injury on the individual's mental ability to function and what compensable damages may exist. It does not take long for attorneys to bring clinical advances in the diagnosis and treatment of patients into the courtroom. Indeed, clinical work is the foundation of responding to forensic questions and the work of the medical expert witness. Both neurologists and psychiatrists have made increasing use of neuropsychological testing. Doerr and Carlin have gathered experienced attorneys, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers and assembled a very useful primer. They indicate that the text is aimed at neuropsychologists and attorneys; however, if neurologists and psychiatrists require an introduction to forensic neuropsychology, they will find this text

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